How to set file properties for 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 sets custom and details properties for Excel file

Execute the following Java code that sets the document properties of an Excel file, properties like subject, manager and a custom property.

package testexceljava;

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

/* -------------------------------------------------------------------------
 | Tutorial 33
 | This tutorial shows how to set document properties for Excel file in Java,
 | like 'Subject' property for summary information, 'Manager' property for
 | document summary information and a custom property.
 * ------------------------------------------------------------------------- */

public class Tutorial33 {

   public static void main(String[] args) {
       try {
          System.out.println("Tutorial 33");

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

          // Set the 'Subject' document property
          workbook.getSummaryInformation().setSubject("This is the subject");

          // Set the 'Manager' document property
          workbook.getDocumentSummaryInformation().setManager("This is the manager");

          // Set a custom document property
          workbook.getDocumentSummaryInformation().setCustomProperty("PropertyName", FileProperty.VT_NUMBER, "4");

          // Export Excel file
          System.out.println("Writing file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial33 - Excel file properties.xlsx");
          workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial33 - Excel file properties.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 - 2010
MS Excel 2013
MS Excel 2016
MS Excel 2019