How to read XML file in Java using DOM Parser?


1) Parse XML file or Create an instance of Document interface present in org.w3c.dom.* package.

For Creating an instance of Document interface we need to use DocumentBuilderFactory, DocumentBuilder classes present in javax.xml.parsers.* package and File class present in* package.

File file = new File(XML_file_location);
DocumentBuilderFactory factory = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
DocumentBuilder builder = factory.newDocumentBuilder();
Document document = builder.parse(file);

Read XML file Using DOM Parser
Figure 1

2) Get the root element of XML file. It returns Employees node.

String rootNode = document.getDocumentElement().getNodeName();

3) Get all the child nodes Employee of root node Employees. It returns the instance of NodeList interface present in org.w3c.dom.* package.

NodeList list = document.getElementsByTagName("Employee");

4) Now one by one examine each child node Employee and extract its data.

  • From all the child nodes that we got in Step 3 take one child node. It returns instance of Node interface present in org.w3c.dom.* package.
          Node node = list.item(i);
  • Check whether this node is Element node or not?
          if (node.getNodeType() == Node.ELEMENT_NODE) { }
  • If it is an Element node then typecast it and get its data (attributes and properties).
          Element element = (Element) node;
  • Get attribute value as below.
          String value=element.getAttribute(attribute_name);
  • Get property value as below.
           String value = element.getElementsByTagName(property_name).item(0).getTextContent();

Software Required:

  1. Java
  2. Eclipse
  3. Maven
Note : I suggest to use latest version of all the software. If you need any help regarding these software installation please comment below I will help you.

Project Structure:

Java XML DOM Parser Project Structure Part2
Figure 2

Java Code:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<Employee id="1">
<Employee id="2">



Java XML DOM Parser Output Part2
Figure 3

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