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Write Excel with Java (Jexcel-api)

Write Excel with Java (Jexcel-api)

This article demonstrate how to create Excel files with the Java Excel API.
ExcelApi – one of a number of open-source java Excel API, designed for reading, writing, and editing of dynamic excel. Among its features are:

  • Reading from the book Excel 95, 97, 2000, XP, and 2003
  • Reading and writing formulas
  • Creating a list in Excel 2000
  • Support for formatting fonts, numbers and dates
  • Support colors, borders, and colors of cells
  • Changing existing books excel
  • Localization support
  • Copying charts
  • Copying and pasting drawings
  • Logging events


Download – Java Excel library


package com.simplecode.writer;

import java.io.File;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.Locale;

import jxl.CellView;
import jxl.Workbook;
import jxl.WorkbookSettings;
import jxl.format.UnderlineStyle;
import jxl.write.Formula;
import jxl.write.Label;
import jxl.write.Number;
import jxl.write.WritableCellFormat;
import jxl.write.WritableFont;
import jxl.write.WritableSheet;
import jxl.write.WritableWorkbook;
import jxl.write.WriteException;
import jxl.write.biff.RowsExceededException;

public class WriteExcel {

	public static void main(String[] args) throws WriteException, IOException {
		WriteExcel test = new WriteExcel();
		System.out.println("Please check the result file under c:\temp\input.xls ");

	private WritableCellFormat timesBoldUnderline;
	private WritableCellFormat times;
	private String inputFile;

	public void setOutputFile(String inputFile) {
		this.inputFile = inputFile;

	public void write() throws IOException, WriteException {
		File file = new File(inputFile);
		WorkbookSettings wbSettings = new WorkbookSettings();

		wbSettings.setLocale(new Locale("en", "EN"));

		WritableWorkbook workbook = Workbook.createWorkbook(file, wbSettings);
		workbook.createSheet("Report", 0);
		WritableSheet excelSheet = workbook.getSheet(0);


	private void createLabel(WritableSheet sheet) throws WriteException {
		// Lets create a times font
		WritableFont times10pt = new WritableFont(WritableFont.TIMES, 10);
		// Define the cell format
		times = new WritableCellFormat(times10pt);
		// Lets automatically wrap the cells

		// Create create a bold font with under lines
		WritableFont times10ptBoldUnderline = new WritableFont(
				WritableFont.TIMES, 10, WritableFont.BOLD, false,
		timesBoldUnderline = new WritableCellFormat(times10ptBoldUnderline);
		// Lets automatically wrap the cells

		CellView cv = new CellView();

		// Write a few headers
		addCaption(sheet, 0, 0, "Header 1");
		addCaption(sheet, 1, 0, "This is another header");


	private void createContent(WritableSheet sheet) throws WriteException,
			RowsExceededException {
		// Write a few number
		for (int i = 1; i < 10; i++) {
			// First column
			addNumber(sheet, 0, i, i + 10);
			// Second column
			addNumber(sheet, 1, i, i * i);
		// Lets calculate the sum of it
		StringBuffer buf = new StringBuffer();
		Formula f = new Formula(0, 10, buf.toString());
		buf = new StringBuffer();
		f = new Formula(1, 10, buf.toString());

		// Now a bit of text
		for (int i = 12; i < 20; i++) {
			// First column
			addLabel(sheet, 0, i, "Boring text " + i);
			// Second column
			addLabel(sheet, 1, i, "Another text");

	private void addCaption(WritableSheet sheet, int column, int row, String s)
			throws RowsExceededException, WriteException {
		Label label;
		label = new Label(column, row, s, timesBoldUnderline);

	private void addNumber(WritableSheet sheet, int column, int row,
			Integer integer) throws WriteException, RowsExceededException {
		Number number;
		number = new Number(column, row, integer, times);

	private void addLabel(WritableSheet sheet, int column, int row, String s)
			throws WriteException, RowsExceededException {
		Label label;
		label = new Label(column, row, s, times);

In our next article we will learn to Read Excel file in Java using Jexcel-api

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