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Patrick Ruhsert edited this page Oct 25, 2017 · 28 revisions


svyExcelUtils is a wrapper for Apache POI's excel library and allows to read and write xls and xlsx files directly from within Servoy.


svyExcelUtils is dependent on some external libraries, some of which are already part of Servoy's Jasper plugin. So to use the functionality, you need to install at least the basic version of the Jasper plugin available here:

Please read the following instructions carefully. Due to different signatures in different Servoy versions and different Jasper plugin versions, there are a few variants of dependencies.

Download the libraries matching your Servoy and Jasper plugin version

For support of xlsx, some additional libraries are required depending on the Servoy and jasper version you use:

  • For Servoy 8.1.2/7.4.9 or later, Jasper plugin 6.4.1 or later:
  • For Servoy 8.1.2/7.4.9 or later, Jasper plugin 6.3.1 or older:
  • For Servoy <8.1.2/<7.4.9, Jasper plugin 6.3.1 or older:

Please place all files inside the archive in application_server/plugins/poi.

Jasper plugin jnlp adjustments

To let a smart client know it needs to download these libraries, some adjustments to the jnlp file of the Jasper plugin (application_server/plugins/servoy_jasperreports.jar.jnlp) need to be made. The changes needed depend on the Jasper plugin version used

Comment or remove xalan-xxx.jar

In the jnlp file you will find a reference to xalan-xxx.jar:

<jar href="/plugins/servoy_jasperreports/xalan-2.7.2.jar" download="lazy" part="xalan" version="2.7.2"/> 
   <package name="org.apache.*" part="xalan" recursive="true"/> 
   <package name="java_cup.runtime.*" part="xalan" recursive="true"/>

Either remove or comment these lines out (by nesting them into a comment ). Please note that this might cause problems if you use an XML datasource in any of your reports. If you can't uncomment this, try and see if the excel functionality you need works correctly before you deploy.

If your Jasper plugin uses a version of the Apache POI library older than 3.13 (which is only the case when your Jasper plugin is older that 6.4.1), you need to comment out the reference to that plugin, for example this:

<jar href="/plugins/servoy_jasperreports/poi-3.10.1.jar" download="lazy" part="poi" version="3.10.1"/> 
   <package name="org.apache.poi.*" part="poi" recursive="true"/> 

To not run into conflicts in developer, remove or rename from *.jar to *.unused

  • xalan-xxx.jar and inside application_server\plugins\servoy_jasperreports
  • jakarta-poi.jar inside application_server\plugins\jakarta-poi

so they don't get loaded by Servoy developer.

Add a few entries to the jnlp file

The following lines need to be added to the <resources> section of the jnlp file:

Jasper plugin 6.4.1 or newer
<!-- Files needed for xlsx -->
<jar href="/plugins/poi/poi-ooxml-3.15.jar" download="lazy" version="3.15"/>
<jar href="/plugins/poi/curvesapi-1.04.jar" download="lazy" version="1.04"/>
<jar href="/plugins/poi/poi-ooxml-schemas-3.15.jar" download="lazy" version="3.15"/>
<jar href="/plugins/poi/xmlbeans-2.6.0.jar" download="lazy" version="2.6.0"/>

An example Jasper jnlp file for version 6.4.1 can be downloaded here: servoy_jasperreports.jar.jnlp

Jasper plugin 6.3.1 or older
<!-- Files needed for xlsx -->
<jar href="/plugins/poi/poi-ooxml-3.14-20160307.jar" download="lazy" version="3.14"/>
<jar href="/plugins/poi/curvesapi-1.03.jar" download="lazy" version="1.03"/>
<jar href="/plugins/poi/ooxml-schemas-1.3.jar" download="lazy" version="1.3"/>
<jar href="/plugins/poi/xmlbeans-2.6.0.jar" download="lazy" version="2.6.0"/>

An example Jasper jnlp file vor version 6.3.1 can be downloaded here: servoy_jasperreports.jar.jnlp

You may sign the libraries in the poi directory just as you would sign any plugin. For convenience all these libraries are signed with Servoy's certificate. So if you do not sign the application server with your own certificate, you should not run into signature problems.

Creating Excel files

Want to get started and do the reading later? Check out the following snippet:

// Create workbook and sheet
var workbook = scopes.svyExcelUtils.createWorkbook(scopes.svyExcelUtils.FILE_FORMAT.XLSX);
var sheet = workbook.createSheet("Test");

// Create style for the header
var headerStyle = workbook.createCellStyle();

var rowNum = 1;

// Create header row and cells
var row = sheet.createRow(rowNum++);
var cell = row.createCell(1);
cell.setCellValue("Test 1", headerStyle);

cell = row.createCell(2);
cell.setCellValue("Test 2", headerStyle);

// Create some data and write to the sheet
var data = [[10, 35], [15, 47], [9, 22], [10, 33]];
for (var i = 0; i < data.length; i++) {
	row = sheet.createRow(rowNum++);

// Create a style for the sum
var sumStyle = workbook.createCellStyle();
// Clone the default font, so we won't be changing the default
var font = sumStyle.cloneFont();
font.underline = scopes.svyExcelUtils.FONT_UNDERLINE.DOUBLE_ACCOUNTING;
font.isBold = true;

// Create formula cells at the bottom
row = sheet.createRow(rowNum++);
cell = row.createCell(1);
cell.setCellFormula("SUM(" + scopes.svyExcelUtils.getCellReferenceFromRange(2, 1 + data.length, 1, 1) + ")");

cell = row.createCell(2);
cell.setCellFormula("SUM(" + scopes.svyExcelUtils.getCellReferenceFromRange(2, 1 + data.length, 2, 2) + ")");

// Write to file
var success = workbook.writeToFile("C:\\Temp\\test.xlsx");

The resulting xlsx file looks like this:

Excel file

Reading excel files

Typically, you want to access the data of an excel sheet. This code snippet shows how svyExcelUtils helps you with that (using the example xlsx file created above):

//read workbook
var workbook = scopes.svyExcelUtils.getWorkbook('C:\\Temp\\test.xlsx');
//get sheet containing the data
var sheet = workbook.getSheet('Test');
//get the data from rows 1 to 5, column 1 and 2
var data = sheet.getSheetData(true, 1, 5, 1, 2);
//output result
application.output(data.getAsText('\t', '\n', '', true));

the output will look like this:

Test 1	Test 2
10.0	35.0
15.0	47.0
 9.0	22.0
10.0	33.0

Creating Excel files from foundsets or datasets

svyExcelUtils also makes it easy to perform the probably most common task when dealing with Excel files: creating Excel from either a JSFoundSet or a JSDataSet:

//create a dataset
var queryCustomers = datasources.db.example_data.customers.createSelect();
var dsCustomers = databaseManager.getDataSetByQuery(queryCustomers, -1);
//create a xlsx workbook from the dataset, including all columns, using the given header names
var workbook = scopes.svyExcelUtils.createWorkbookFromDataSet(
	['Company', 'Address', 'Zip', 'City', 'Country'], 
workbook.sheetName = 'All Customers';
//create styles for header and rows
var headerStyle = workbook.createHeaderStyle();
workbook.headerStyle = headerStyle;
var rowStyle = workbook.createRowStyle();
workbook.rowStyle = rowStyle;
//write to file
//or get the xlsx data
var bytes = workbook.getBytes();

The resulting xlsx file looks like this:

JSDataSet Excel file

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