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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to read XML file using JDOM in java

This article gives you an example to read xml file using JDOM api. We will read xml file and print the values on to the console:

Save below xml into emp.xml file.

<emp id="1016">
<emp id="1015">

Java code to read xml file:

import java.util.List;
import org.jdom.Document;
import org.jdom.Element;
import org.jdom.input.SAXBuilder;

public class ParseXml {

public static void main(String a[]){

Document xmlDoc = null;
SAXBuilder builder = new SAXBuilder();
InputStream is = null;
Element root = null;
try {
is = new FileInputStream(new File("C:\\emp.xml"));
xmlDoc =;
if(xmlDoc != null){
root = xmlDoc.getRootElement();
System.out.println("Root element name: "+root.getName());
empList = root.getChildren("emp");
System.out.println("Emp Size: "+empList.size());
for(Element emp:empList){
System.out.println("Id: "+emp.getAttributeValue("id"));
Element name = emp.getChild("name");
System.out.println("Name: "+name.getText());
Element dep = emp.getChild("dep");
System.out.println("Deportment: "+dep.getText());
} catch (Exception ex) {

Root element name: emps
Emp Size: 2
Id: 1016
Name: Nataraj
Deportment: Accounts
Id: 1015
Name: Nagesh
Deportment: Marketing

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