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 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.

Install the downloaded EasyXLS installer for v8.6 or earlier.

Step 2: License file setup

Step required for EasyXLS v9.0 or later.

If you are using a trial, generate a trial license file from EasyXLS trials page. The trial license is valid for 30-days.

If you own a license key, you may login to the account that purchased the license and generate the license file from:

Setup the license file into your project using these guidelines.

Step 3: Create a Java project

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

Step 4: 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:
- Inside the downloaded archive at Step 1 for EasyXLS v9.0 or later
- Under installation path for EasyXLS v8.6 or earlier, in "Lib" folder.

Add EasyXLS library to CLASSPATH

Step 5: 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");

            // 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
                                        "https://www.easyxls.com", "Link to URL", "B2:E2");

            // Create hyperlink to file
                                        "c:\\myfile.xls", "Link to file", "B3");

            // Create hyperlink to UNC
                                        "\\\\computerName\\Folder\\file.txt", "Link to UNC", "B4:D4");

            // Create hyperlink to cell on second sheet
                                        "'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
                                        "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.");
                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
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