EasyXLS

How to add hyperlinks 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 adds hyperlinks to Excel

Execute the following Java code that exports an Excel file with hyperlinks on a cell or cell ranges.

package testexceljava;

import EasyXLS.*;

/* -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 | Tutorial 15
 |
 | This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file with hyperlinks in Java.
 |
 | EasyXLS supports the following hyperlink types:
 | (1) - hyperlink to URL
 | (2) - hyperlink to file
 | (3) - hyperlink to UNC
 | (4) - hyperlink to cell in the same Excel file
 | (5) - hyperlink to name
 |
 | Every type of hyperlink accepts a tool tip description.
 |
 | Every type of hyperlink accepts a text mark. A text mark is a link inside the file.
 * -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- */

public class Tutorial15 {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        try {
            System.out.println("Tutorial 15");
            System.out.println("----------");

            // Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files having two sheets
            ExcelDocument workbook = new ExcelDocument(2);

            // Set the sheet names
            ExcelWorksheet xlsTab1 = (ExcelWorksheet) workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0);
            ExcelWorksheet xlsTab2 = (ExcelWorksheet) workbook.easy_getSheetAt(1);
            xlsTab1.setSheetName("First tab");
            xlsTab2.setSheetName("Second tab");

            // Create hyperlink to URL
            xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.URL,
                                        "https://www.easyxls.com", "Link to URL", "B2:E2");

            // Create hyperlink to file
            xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.FILE,
                                        "c:\\myfile.xls", "Link to file", "B3");

            // Create hyperlink to UNC
            xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.UNC,
                                        "\\\\computerName\\Folder\\file.txt", "Link to UNC", "B4:D4");

            // Create hyperlink to cell on second sheet
            xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.CELL,
                                        "'Second tab'!D3", "Link to CELL", "B5");

            // Create a name on the second sheet
            xlsTab2.easy_addName("Name", "=Second tab!$A$1:$A$4");

            // Create hyperlink to name
            xlsTab1.easy_addHyperlink(EasyXLS.Constants.HyperlinkType.CELL, 
                                        "Name", "Link to a name", "B6");

            // Export Excel file
            System.out.println("Writing file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial15 - hyperlinks in Excel.xlsx");
            workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial15 - hyperlinks in Excel.xlsx");

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

            // Dispose memory
            workbook.Dispose();
        }
        catch (Exception ex) {
            ex.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
}

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

Java
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
XLSXXLSMXLSBXLS
XMLHTMLCSVTXT