Read text from Socket

With this example we are going to demonstrate how to read text from a Socket. A Socket is an endpoint for communication between two machines. In short, to read text from a socket you should:

  • Get the socket input stream, using getInputStream() API method of Socket.
  • Create a new BufferedReader, using a new InputStreamReader with the socket input stream.
  • Use readLine() API method of BufferedReader to read the text.
  • Add the code to process the text read from the socket.
  • Close the BufferedReader with close() API method.

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

try {
    BufferedReader rd = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(socket.getInputStream()));

    String str;
    while ((str = rd.readLine()) != null) {

catch (IOException ioe) {
	System.out.println("I/O Error " + ioe.getMessage());

This was an example of how to read text from a socket in Java.

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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