Top 5 useful Java Libs

Java is an advanced language, but nonetheless there are libs to make life even more easier. We would like to share 5 useful libs to help you with projects of different kind.

FileUtils – Apache Commons

Small but a very useful lib to help you deal with files. Simplifies working with files in a great way, making you productive and avoiding boilerplate code.

FileUtils.readLines(new File("myfile.txt"));

String Utils – Apache Commons

Also small but powerful library. Has all string methods you always lack.

String title = StringUtils.substringBetween(someText, "The", "end");

Jsoup Library

This is the best Java library for parsing HTML and XML, or other markup in general.

Document doc = Jsoup.connect("").get();
String title = doc.title();


Parsing CSV is a trivial task, but sometimes still cause trouble. OpenCSV is a minimalistic library to help you with this.

CSVReader reader = new CSVReader(new FileReader("yourfile.csv"));
     String [] nextLine;
     while ((nextLine = reader.readNext()) != null) {
        // nextLine[] is an array of values from the line
        System.out.println(nextLine[0] + nextLine[1] + "etc...");


You usually do a lot of networking in Java, but what you really need is a good JSON parser/manager. Org.json is a popular and minimalistic Java library for operating with JSON data.

String str = "{ \"firstName\": \"Vladimir\", \"age\": 30 }";
JSONObject obj = new JSONObject(str);
String n = obj.getString("firstName");
int a = obj.getInt("age");
System.out.println(n + " " + a);  // prints "Vladimir 30"

We would also point out other libs like fasterxml, FileNameUtils and Unirest.

Hope you’ll find these minimalistic java libs helpful and powerful.

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