Get content of a File

With this example we are going to demonstrate how to get the content of a File. We will make use of the class, that provides file manipulation utilities. In short, to get the content of a File you should:

  • Create a new File by converting the pathname string of the file into an abstract pathname.
  • Use readFileToString(File file) API method of to set the contents of the file in a String, and print the String.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;


public class GetContent {
	public static void main(String[] args) {

		try {
			// We take a reference to an actual file on disk
			File file = new File("test.txt");

			// We store content of test.txt file to a string
			String content = FileUtils.readFileToString(file);

			// We print the string
			System.out.println("Content : " + content);
		} catch (IOException e) {


Content : Hello World!!!

This was an example of how to get the content of a File.

Ilias Tsagklis

Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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