read files from a directory ...

Hello experts,

   I have several files such as:,,, ...etc., all in the "Animal" folder.
  There are also files called ant.bad, fly.bad ... etc. in the Animal folder as well.

   How do I open the *.pet files, read some info in the file, and then store the filename (eg. dog, cat ...) in to an array ?
   I mean I want an array storing : dog, cat, bird, elephant ... etc.
   And of course, I don't know how many files in Animal are "*.pet" files at very beginning ...

   Is this something possible ? thanks.
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Just list the directory

File[] petsFiles = new File("Animal").listFiles();
String[] petNames = new String[petsFiles.length];
// Now copy just the name into petNames
meow00Author Commented:
but there are ant.bad & fly.bad in the Animal folder as well ...
And I don't want *.bad files ...

Also, what is the files are in the current folder, how do I call the .listFiles() function ??? thanks.
You can use a FileFilter

File[] petsFiles = new File("Animal").listFiles(new FileFilter() {
    public boolean accept(File f) {
        return f.getName().toLowerCase().endsWith(".pet");
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meow00Author Commented:
I see, thanks...

What do I do if the files are in the current folder (same folder as the main program)

File[] petsFiles = new File("").listFiles();  or
File[] petsFiles = new File().listFiles();
 doesn't seem to work ...:-(
File[] petsFiles = new File(".").listFiles(new FileFilter() {
meow00Author Commented:
thanks so much ... one last question ... how do I copy the name before .pet to the new array ? thanks.
You could do both things at the same time actually:

String[] petNames = null;
List petNamesList = new ArrayList();
File[] petsFiles = new File("Animal").listFiles(new FileFilter() {
    public boolean accept(File f) {
          String name = f.getName();
          String[] parts = name.split("\\.");
          if ("pet".equalsIgnoreCase(parts[parts.length - 1])) {
                petNamesList.add(parts[parts.length - 2]);
                return true;
          else {
                return false;
if (petNamesList.size() > 0) {
      petNames = (String[])petNamesList.toArray(new String[petNamesList.size()]);

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