Reading/Writing Files using FileChannel

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There are multiple ways to reading/writing a file in Java. Usually, we used java.lang.IO package to read/write a file but as my last experience with copying a large file size (>256 MB ) into some other file location or on a network.

 

As we also tried to used java.lang.io package to get this job done but we were unable to copy the file in a Network location, there were performance issues.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1605332/java-nio-filechannel-versus-fileoutputstream-performance-usefulness

And finally, I got an alternative way to copy a file into a Network location  i.e FileChannel . its provide a better performance than InputStream/OutputStream.

Some interesting points about java.nio or FileChannel:-

  1. it’s a buffer-oriented, means- same Buffer is used to reading / writing so you can move back or forth in the Buffer as you need to.  usee flip() method to get the pointer to next position.
  2. It’s a non-blocking, i.e means a Thread request to reading data from Channel then only get what is currently available in a buffer, if data is not available then rather than blocking until data get available in buffer, Thread goes on and do something else in meantime. The same is true for non-blocking writing. A thread can request that some data be written to a channel, but not wait for it to be fully written. The thread can then go on and do something else in the mean time.
  3. Concurrent processing can be done in FileChannel which is safe for use.
  4. Channels can be read and written asynchronously.

Below example demonstrated how to write into a file using FileChannel.


 import java.io.File;
        import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
        import java.io.IOException;
        import java.io.RandomAccessFile;
        import java.nio.ByteBuffer;
        import java.nio.channels.FileChannel;
        import java.nio.channels.WritableByteChannel;
        
        /**
         * Created by kumajye on 10/01/2017.
         */
        public class FileChannelTest {
            // This is a Filer location where write operation to be done.
            private static final String FILER_LOCATION = "C:\\documents\\test";
            // This is a text message that to be written in filer location file.
            private static final String MESSAGE_WRITE_ON_FILER = "Operation has been committed.";
        
            public static void main(String[] args) throws FileNotFoundException {
                // Initialized the File and File Channel
                RandomAccessFile randomAccessFileOutputFile = null;
                FileChannel outputFileChannel = null;
                try {
                    // Create a random access file with 'rw' permission..
                    randomAccessFileOutputFile = new RandomAccessFile(FILER_LOCATION + File.separator + "readme.txt", "rw");
                    outputFileChannel = randomAccessFileOutputFile.getChannel();
                    //Read line of code one by one and converted it into byte array to write into FileChannel.
                    final byte[] bytes = (MESSAGE_WRITE_ON_FILER + System.lineSeparator()).getBytes();
                    // Defined a new buffer capacity.
                    ByteBuffer buffer = ByteBuffer.allocate(bytes.length);
                    // Put byte array into butter array.
                    buffer.put(bytes);
                    // its flip the buffer and set the position to zero for next write operation.
                    buffer.flip();
                    /**
                     * Writes a sequence of bytes to this channel from the given buffer.
                     */
                    outputFileChannel.write(buffer);
                    System.out.println("File Write Operation is done!!");
        
                } catch (IOException ex) {
                    System.out.println("Oops Unable to proceed file write Operation due to ->" + ex.getMessage());
                } finally {
                    try {
                        outputFileChannel.close();
                        randomAccessFileOutputFile.close();
                    } catch (IOException e) {
                        e.printStackTrace();
                    }
        
                }
        
            }
        
        }


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