Sunday, June 30, 2013

Word to Text Converter

The WordToTextConverter can be used to convert from a microsoft word 2007+ file to a text file. Again, this program uses the Apache POI library or tika library to extract text from Microsoft Word 2007+ file.

Word file to text converter

import java.util.Iterator;
import org.apache.poi.xwpf.extractor.XWPFWordExtractor;
import org.apache.poi.xwpf.usermodel.XWPFDocument;

public class WordToTextConverter{
public static void main(String[] args){
}catch(ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException aiobe){
System.out.println("Usage:java WordToTextConverter <word_file> <text_file>");



public static void convertWordToText(String src, String desc){
//create file inputstream object to read data from file
FileInputStream fs=new FileInputStream(src);
//create document object to wrap the file inputstream object
XWPFDocument docx=new XWPFDocument(fs);
//create text extractor object to extract text from the document
XWPFWordExtractor extractor=new XWPFWordExtractor(docx);
//create file writer object to write text to the output file
FileWriter fw=new FileWriter(desc);
//write text to the output file
//clear data from memory
//close inputstream and file writer

}catch(IOException e){e.printStackTrace();}

In the code of the program above,  XWPFDocument is used to construct a Microsoft Word document object from the FileInputStream object. FileInputStream object contains all data of the original Microsoft Word file. To extract all text from the document, you need to use the  XWPFWordExtractor class. You will pass the document object to the constructor of the XWPFWordExtractor when you create an object of the XWPFWordExtractor class. From the XWPFWordExtractor object, you can get the text content of this object by using its getText method. Once you have the text, the FileWriter class can be used to output it to the destination file.

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