Learn Java Tutorial for Beginners (Video), Part 39: Reading Files with FileReader

The most flexible way to read files in Java involves using a sort of Russian doll system of objects; in this tutorial we'll look at reading text files using such a method. Unfortunately prior to Java 7 we end up using a bizarre and byzantine system of exceptions too, but Java 7 fixes that, as we'll see in the next tutorial.

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Code for this tutorial:


import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.FileReader;
import java.io.IOException;

public class App {

    public static void main(String[] args) {

        File file = new File("test.txt");
        BufferedReader br = null;
        try {
            FileReader fr = new FileReader(file);
            br = new BufferedReader(fr);
            String line;
            while( (line = br.readLine()) != null ) {
        } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
            System.out.println("File not found: " + file.toString());
        } catch (IOException e) {
            System.out.println("Unable to read file: " + file.toString());
        finally {
            try {
            } catch (IOException e) {
                System.out.println("Unable to close file: " + file.toString());
            catch(NullPointerException ex) {
                // File was probably never opened!