Word to Text

Posted on 2004-04-02
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi All

How can I get the text from Word Document

Question by:lakkiprasanna
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You can use textmining api for this
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ID: 10740150
Download api from

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ID: 10740210
A sample example

//package org.prithvi.test;


 * <p>Title: Parsers</p>
 * <p>Description: </p>
 * <p>Copyright: Copyright (c) 2004</p>
 * <p>Company: </p>
 * @author not attributable
 * @version 1.0

public class Word2Text {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception{
     java.util.Date start=new java.util.Date();
       java.util.Date end=new java.util.Date();

       successLog.append("\n\nTotal No of Successfull parsed files: "+success);
        successLog.append("\n\nTotal No of  files: "+(success+error));
         successLog.append("\n\nTotal Execution Time(in milli seconds): "+(end.getTime()-start.getTime()));

      errorLog.append("\n\nTotal No of bad files : "+error);
  errorLog.append("\n\nTotal No of  files: "+(success+error));
   errorLog.append("\n\nTotal Execution Time(in milli seconds): "+(end.getTime()-start.getTime()));

   FileOutputStream fout=new FileOutputStream("success.textmining.log");
   fout=new FileOutputStream("error.textmining.log");


  static int success=0;
  static int error=0;

  public static void SearchFile(String strFile)
      java.util.Date start = new java.util.Date();

      File f=new File(strFile);
      long size=f.length() ;

            FileInputStream fin=new FileInputStream(strFile);
            org.textmining.text.extraction.WordExtractor extractor=new org.textmining.text.extraction.WordExtractor();
            String str=extractor.extractText(fin);            
            java.util.Date end=new java.util.Date();
            String str2="\nParsed Time(in milli seconds) :"+(end.getTime()-start.getTime());
            start=new java.util.Date();
            FileOutputStream fout=new FileOutputStream(strFile+".textmining.txt");
            end=new java.util.Date();
            String str1="\nWriting Time(in milli seconds) :"+(end.getTime()-start.getTime());
//             java.util.Date end = new java.util.Date();
              successLog.append("\n\nFile :"+strFile) ;
              successLog.append("\nFile Size (in bytes):"+size) ;
              successLog.append("\nOutput File :"+strFile+".textmining.txt") ;
              successLog.append("\nStart Time:"+start) ;
              successLog.append("\nEnd Time :"+end) ;

    catch(Exception Exe)
      java.util.Date end = new java.util.Date();
      errorLog.append("\n\nFile :"+strFile) ;
      errorLog.append("\nFile Size:"+size) ;
      errorLog.append("\nStart Time:"+start) ;
      errorLog.append("\nEnd Time :"+end) ;
      errorLog.append("\nTime in Milli Seconds :"+(end.getTime()-start.getTime() )) ;
      errorLog.append("\nException :"+Exe) ;


  public static void SearchFolder(String strFile) throws Exception
    File file=new File(strFile);
    if(file.isDirectory()==false )
      errorLog.append("\n\n"+strFile+" is not directory") ;
    String files[]= file.list() ;
    for(int i=0;i<files.length ;i++)
     String docFile=files[i];
     docFile.toLowerCase() ;
      if(docFile.endsWith(".doc") )



  static StringBuffer errorLog=new StringBuffer("");
  static StringBuffer successLog=new StringBuffer("");
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Hi  lakkiprasanna,

See also
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by:Mayank S
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You also have:
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by:Mayank S
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By the way, why does this question have 495 points ;-) ? 500 is unlucky? :-)
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sudhakar_koundinya earned 495 total points
ID: 10746354


Text Mining is basically developed using POI API only.

It concentrates on MS office Document formats for both reading and writing

Text Mining

It is concentrating on different document formats for getting only text (i.e. reading only). Developer of text mining API is also developer of POI API. you can check different apis from single api in near future at thi site (just for text extraction only)

Some of problems that are raising in POI API are  fixed in textmining. Jakarta didn't released fully functional POI (still working on HWPF formats - I mean Word Document Formats)

Currently POI is supporting word97 to word 2003 formats. Whereas Textmining is giving support for Word 6.0 Formats also. I have communicated to developer of POI API for word2.x version. And I have contributed my self  with sample code for word 2.x formats.
The code for word2.x is listed at
So we may see the word2.x support in near future (a positve hope :-))

BOTH textmining and poi api does not have support for fast saved (complex) documents.


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