Learn Java Tutorial for Beginners (Video), Part 33: Reading Files

You can use the Scanner class to simplify reading text files quite a bit. In this tutorial we'll see how to do it, and I'll also explain how to locate your file on the disk and we'll look at a little gotcha that might catch you out if you want to read numbers from your file. Plus, a little insight into some Java terminology, just in case you're sufficiently young that the word "typewriter" sounds to you much like "gramophone" does to me.

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Code for this tutorial:



import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.util.Scanner;

public class App {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws FileNotFoundException {
        //String fileName = "C:/Users/John/Desktop/example.txt";
        String fileName = "example.txt";
        File textFile = new File(fileName);
        Scanner in = new Scanner(textFile);
        int value = in.nextInt();
        System.out.println("Read value: " + value);
        int count = 2;
        while(in.hasNextLine()) {
            String line = in.nextLine();
            System.out.println(count + ": " + line);