how to write csv file in google app by using java


I'm currently working on a project that is done in Java, on google appengine. i have above 2000 records

Appengine does not allow files to be stored so any on-disk representation objects cannot be used. Some of these include the File class.

I want to write data and export it to a few csv files, the user to download it.

How may I do this without using any File classes? I'm not very experienced in file handling so I hope you guys can advise me.



Just generate the csv in memory using a StringBuffer and then use StringBuffer.toString().getBytes() to get a byte array which can then be sent to your output stream.

For instance if using a servlet in GAE:

protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse resp) { StringBuffer buffer = new StringBuffer(); buffer.append("header1, header2, header3\n"); buffer.append("row1column1, row1column2, row1column3\n"); buffer.append("row2column1, row2column2, row2column3\n"); // Add more CSV data to the buffer byte[] bytes = buffer.toString().getBytes(); // This will suggest a filename for the browser to use resp.addHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename=\"myFile.csv\""); resp.getOutputStream().write(bytes, 0, bytes.length); }

More information about <a href="https://developers.google.com/appengine/docs/java/runtime" rel="nofollow">GAE Servlets</a>

More information about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_HTTP_header_fields" rel="nofollow">Content-Disposition</a>


You can store data in memory using byte arrays, stings and streams. For example,

ByteArrayOutputStream csv = new ByteArrayOutputStream(); PrintStream printer = new PrintStream(csv); printer.println("a;b;c"); printer.println("1;2;3"); printer.close(); csv.close();

Then in your Servlet you can serve your csv.toByteArray() as a stream. Some example is given here: <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1442893/file-download-servlet" rel="nofollow">Implementing a simple file download servlet</a>.


You can use <a href="http://opencsv.sourceforge.net" rel="nofollow">OpenCSV</a> library in Google App Engine.


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