How to apply auto-filter in Java

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in Java. The library works with any Java SE application and without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for Java

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for Java

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Create a Java project

If don't have a project already, create a new Java project.

Step 3: Include EasyXLS library into project

EasyXLS.jar must be added to external libraries into your project for Eclipse or to your application CLASSPATH. EasyXLS.jar can be found after installing EasyXLS, in "Lib" folder.

Add EasyXLS library to CLASSPATH

Step 4: Run Java code that applies auto-filter to Excel data

Execute the following Java code that exports data with autofilter to Excel.

package testexceljava;

import EasyXLS.*;
import EasyXLS.Constants.*;

/* -------------------------------------------------------
 | Tutorial 20
 | This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in Java
 | and apply an auto-filter to a range of cells.
 * ------------------------------------------------------- */

public class Tutorial20 {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        try {
            System.out.println("Tutorial 20");

            // Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files having one sheet
            ExcelDocument workbook = new ExcelDocument(1);

            // Get the table of data for the worksheet
            ExcelWorksheet xlsTab  = ((ExcelWorksheet)workbook.easy_getSheet("Sheet1"));
            ExcelTable xlsTable = xlsTab.easy_getExcelTable();

            // Add data in cells for report header
            for (int column=0; column<5; column++)
                xlsTable.easy_getCell(0,column).setValue("Column " + (column + 1));

            // Add data in cells for report values
            for (int row=0; row<100; row++)
                for (int column=0; column<5; column++)
                    xlsTable.easy_getCell(row+1,column).setValue("Data " + (row + 1) + ", " + (column + 1));

            // Apply auto-filter on cell range A1:E1
            ExcelFilter xlsFilter = xlsTab.easy_getFilter();

            // Export Excel file
            System.out.println("Writing file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial20 - autofilter in Excel sheet.xlsx");
            workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial20 - autofilter in Excel sheet.xlsx");

            // Confirm export of Excel file
            if (workbook.easy_getError().equals(""))
                System.out.println("File successfully created.");
                System.out.println("Error encountered: " + workbook.easy_getError());

            // Dispose memory
        catch (Exception ex) {

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

Excel Library for Java
full Java version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for Java
Java version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for Java

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 2021
Office 365