->File Open/Accessing from Java Web Application(JSP/Servlet)

Basically this thread shows you how to open a file from your physical storage (outside of web container), in general, a client can access files from within your container but can not access from within your physical storage by a relative URI.

This post is is to create a Servlet  which loads a file from a path outside of the web container and then streams the file to the HttpServletResponse. The client should get a ‘Save as’ popup dialogue. You can pass the file name or the file ID as a part of the request URI. You can also consider to pass it as a request parameter, but that would cause problems with getting the filename right during saving in certain web browsers (Internet Explorer and so on).

In this post, this.filePath=”/pics/lates”, given a path to get images from the “/pics/lates” path.

In Windows environment if the application server is running in C: drive, the above path is exactly same as “C:\pics\lates”.

In UNIX/LINUX, it is just straight forward “/pics/lates”.

If you stored files in WebContent of a war, for ex: “/WEB-INF/pics/latest” folder, then you can retrieve the absolute path with


Here is a basic example of a FileOpenServlet which serves a file from a path outside of the web container.

package ex;

import java.io.BufferedInputStream;
import java.io.BufferedOutputStream;
import java.io.Closeable;
import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileInputStream;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.net.URLDecoder;

import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

 * The File servlet for serving from absolute path.
 * @author Sumant
public class FileOpenServlet extends HttpServlet {

    private static final int DEFAULT_BUFFER_SIZE = 10240; // 10KB.
    private String filePath;
    public void init() throws ServletException {
        this.filePath = "/pics/latest";

     * Do your thing if the file is not supplied to the request URI.
     * Throw an exception, or send 404, or show default/warning page, or just ignore it.

protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
throws ServletException, IOException
String requestedFile = request.getPathInfo();
if (requestedFile == null) {
response.sendError(HttpServletResponse.SC_NOT_FOUND); // 404.

// Decode the file name (might contain spaces and on) and prepare file object.
File file = new File(filePath, URLDecoder.decode(requestedFile, "UTF-8"));

// Check if file actually exists in filesystem.
if (!file.exists()) {
response.sendError(HttpServletResponse.SC_NOT_FOUND); // 404.

// Get content type by filename.
String contentType = getServletContext().getMimeType(file.getName());
// If content type is unknown, then set the default value.
if (contentType == null) {
contentType = "application/octet-stream";

// Init servlet response.
response.setHeader("Content-Length", String.valueOf(file.length()));
response.setHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename=\"" + file.getName() + "\"");

// Prepare streams.
BufferedInputStream input = null;
BufferedOutputStream output = null;

try {
input = new BufferedInputStream(new FileInputStream(file), DEFAULT_BUFFER_SIZE);
output = new BufferedOutputStream(response.getOutputStream(), DEFAULT_BUFFER_SIZE);

// Write file contents to response.
byte[] buffer = new byte[DEFAULT_BUFFER_SIZE];
int length;
while ((length = input.read(buffer)) > 0) {
output.write(buffer, 0, length);
} finally {

private static void close(Closeable resource) {
if (resource != null) {
try {
} catch (IOException e) {


In order to get the FileOpenServlet to work, add the following entries to the Web Deployment Descriptor web.xml:

Note:- You can change the <url-patter> as you like.
A simple JSP body to get files:
<a href="pics/latest/DSC0001.jpg">download DSC0001.jpg</a>
<a href="pics/latest/bar.jpg">download bar.jpg</a>

->Execute DOS Commands using Java Program

Executing the DOS commands using java program is very easy, here is how it goes.

We have Runtime object that allows to the application to interface with the environment in which the application is running. So we can execute these DOS commands with this object.

You can use “Runtime.getRuntime().exec(dosCommand)” to execute DOS command, but it fails. You can’t run DOS commands directly by specifying Runtime.getRuntime().exec(dosCommand) in Java. Instead, to execute a DOS command (such as DIR, MKDIR, RD) from a Java program, you need to add the command to run the Windows command shell cmd /c to the command you want to execute. The /c switch terminates the command shell after the desired command completes. Here’s the syntax:

Runtime.getRuntime().exec(“cmd /c ” + dosCommand);
Here is an Example that creates a Directory in C drive.

package com.cmd;
import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;
public class CommandScrips {
       public static void main(String[] args) {
       try {
              String dosCommand = "cmd /c mkdir C:\\ddd ";
             Process p = Runtime.getRuntime().exec("cmd /c "+dosCommand);
             BufferedReader stdInput = new BufferedReader(new
             BufferedReader stdError = new BufferedReader(new
             String s = null;
              System.out.println("Here is the standard output of the command:\n");
            while ((s = stdInput.readLine()) != null) {
             System.out.println("Here is the standard error of the command (if any):\n");
            while ((s = stdError.readLine()) != null) {
       } catch (IOException e) {
// TODO Auto-generated catch block

And here’s an example that gets the file list in a directory and its sub directories using the DIR command with the /s (include sub directories) switch:

      final String dosCommand = "cmd /c dir /s";

      final String location = "C:\\WINDOWS"; //from this folder it displays all files and folders

      try {

         final Process process = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(dosCommand + " " + location);

         final InputStream in = process.getInputStream();

         int ch;

         while((ch = in.read()) != -1) {



      } catch (IOException e) {



->Java Date Comparision in Days

If you want to compare two dates in days, i.e. calculates the number of days between two calendar dates. Just use the following code example. Here I used two ways to calculate.

1) with java.util.Calendar object:- Click on the below link for sample Compare Click here

2) with java.util.Date object:-Click here