How to create Excel file 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 creates Excel file

Execute the following Java code that creates Excel file programmatically.

package testexceljava;

import EasyXLS.*;

/* --------------------------------------------------------
 | Tutorial 03
 | This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file that has
 | multiple sheets in Java. The created Excel file is empty
 | and the next tutorial shows how to add data into sheets.
 * ----------------------------------------------------- */

public class Tutorial03 {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        try {
            System.out.println("Tutorial 03");

            // Create an instance of the class that creates Excel files, having two sheets 
            ExcelDocument workbook = new ExcelDocument(2);
            // Set the sheet names 
            workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0).setSheetName("First tab");
            workbook.easy_getSheetAt(1).setSheetName("Second tab");
            // Create the Excel file
            System.out.println("Writing file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial03 - create Excel file.xlsx");
            workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial03 - create Excel file.xlsx");

            // Confirm the creation 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 - 2010
MS Excel 2013
MS Excel 2016
MS Excel 2019