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From James Geroge <jamesgeor...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: How to check for valid excel files using POI without checking the file extension
Date Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:55:33 GMT

Hello Mark,
Thanks for your suggestions.
I tried to raise a null pointer exception with WorkbookFactory Class, but
did not work so done a try catch and able to get a handler to the
requirement i had.

and Thanks for the other suggestions too.

The code below...
		if (WorkbookFactory.create(input)!=null)
			log("GOOD FILE");
			log("Invalid input file Or Not a valid Excel file");
	    catch (Exception e1) {
		log("Invalid input file Or Not a valid Excel file");
		return; // no need to process if it is not an excel

James George

MSB wrote:
> Hello James,
> The most obvious answer is the WorkbookFactory class -
> http://poi.apache.org/apidocs/org/apache/poi/ss/usermodel/WorkbookFactory.html
> - if you have a valid Excel workbook then it will return an instance of
> either the XSSF or HSSFWorkbook class. That does impose some overhead of
> course as the Excel file will effectively be opened which could take a few
> moments and tie up some memory.
> The other option would be to look at the file header, the first few bytes
> of the file. There is a website - filext.com - that includes provides this
> sort of information. For example, here is the information for the .xls
> file format http://filext.com/file-extension/XLS and this for the .xlsx
> http://filext.com/file-extension/xlsx. In essence, you would open a stream
> onto the file, recover the first few bytes and see if they match either
> pattern; but I do not know whether this is an entirely fail safe option.
> Yours
> Mark B
> PS. You have posted this onto the the dev list when if really ought to be
> posted onto the user list. The dev list is where you would post if you
> were experiencing problems with the API - for example a particular file
> provoking exceptions - or if you wanted to ask for an enhancement.
> Furthermore, fewer people view the dev list and you are reducing your
> chances of receiving a response to your question.
> James Geroge wrote:
>> Hi Friends,
>> Is there a way to know the file is an excel file without manipulating the
>> file extension, as the users can send the excel files in format like
>> below.
>> Test
>> Test.xls
>> Test.xlsx
>> Test.xlsxxlsx(by renaming the file using windows explorer)
>> Test.xlsabcd (by renaming
>> Thanks,
>> James George.

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