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Language: Java
Expertise: Advanced
Apr 17, 2006

Generate RTF Word Documents Using a Java Application

Very few alternatives are available to someone wanting to generate RTF documents using Java. The best and easiest way is to use the iText third-party freeware library. Just plug in the .jar file and implement it into your program. The following example illustrates how to generate a simple RTF document:
  1. Download itext-xversion.jar here.
  2. Set the .jar file into the classpath:
    set classpath = %CLASSPATH%;c:\lib\itext-xversion.jar
  3. Save the following file into your system as HelloWorld.java:
    import java.io.*;
    import com.lowagie.text.*;
    import com.lowagie.text.rtf.*;
    public class HelloWorld {
        public static void main(String[] args) {
            System.out.println("This example generate a RTF file name Sample.rtf");
            // Create Document object
            Document myDoc = new Document();
            try {
                // Create writer to listen document object
                // and directs RTF Stream to the file Sample.rtf
                RtfWriter2.getInstance(document, new FileOutputStream("Sample.rtf"));
                // open the document object
                // Create a paragraph 
    	    Paragraph p = new Paragraph();
    	    p.add("Helloworld in Rtf file..amazing isn't");
    	    // Add the paragraph to document object
            catch(Exception e) {
            //close the document
  4. Compile the classfile using javac:
    c:\generate>javac Helloworld.java
    This generates a class file named Helloworld.class in the same directory.
  5. Execute the class using Java:
    c:\generate> java Helloworld
Once it's executed, you can see that a new file named Sample.rtf was generated in the same directory. Open it and see this text:

 'Helloworld in Rtf file..amazing isn't'

Elayaraja David
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