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How to read an excel file from aem dam and covert it into a json file


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How to read excel from AEM Dam and covert it to a json file

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Community Advisor

Hi @AkkiSwami ,

You can follow this code, In this code I read excel data from DAM and send servlet response into Json. You can modify by your own.

        JsonNode jsonNode = null;
        Resource resource = resourceResolver.getResource(damPath);
        if (resource == null || resource.adaptTo(Asset.class) == null) {
        Asset asset = resource.adaptTo(Asset.class);
        InputStream inputStream = asset.getOriginal().getStream();
        ObjectNode objectNode = readDataFromExcel(inputStream);
        ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();
        jsonNode = objectMapper.valueToTree(objectNode);
        objectMapper.writeValue(response.getWriter(), jsonNode);

public ObjectNode readDataFromExcel(InputStream is) {
        try (Workbook workbook = WorkbookFactory.create(is)) {
            Sheet sheet = workbook.getSheetAt(0);
            List<String> headers = new ArrayList<>();

            ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
            ObjectNode excelData = mapper.createObjectNode();
            ArrayNode sheetData = mapper.createArrayNode();

            for (int rowIndex = 0; rowIndex <= sheet.getLastRowNum(); rowIndex++) {
                Row row = sheet.getRow(rowIndex);
                if (rowIndex == 0) {
                    headers = getHeadersFromSheet(row);
                } else {
                    sheetData.add(getValuesFromSheet(row, headers));
            excelData.set("data", sheetData);

            return excelData;
        } catch (IOException e) {
            log.error("Exception Occurred: {}", e.getMessage(), e);
            return null;

and you need to add the following dependency,



Level 1

I have huge data in my excel in row-column format that is  stored in dam 
filePath - /content/dam/global/coupon/VC_TEST_FILE.xlsx


I have to covert that excel data in Json and have to send that to frontend


Community Advisor

Adding to @Sady_Rifat's response.




Updated: please visit my website for the full implementation > https://sourcedcode.com/blog/aem/aem-convert-excel-to-json-simple-servlet-example



GET request

Here's an example of converted excel to JSON file.


  "people": [
    {"name": "brian", "age": "100"},
    {"name": "sukpal", "age": "20"},
    {"name": "britney", "age": "500"}



Here's the example of how the excel file looks like




Here's the implementation of the servlet:


import org.apache.sling.api.SlingHttpServletRequest;
import org.apache.sling.api.SlingHttpServletResponse;
import org.apache.sling.api.servlets.SlingAllMethodsServlet;
import org.apache.poi.ss.usermodel.*;
import org.apache.poi.xssf.usermodel.XSSFWorkbook;

import javax.servlet.Servlet;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.InputStream;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.LinkedHashMap;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;

import org.osgi.service.component.annotations.Component;

    service = Servlet.class,
    property = {
public class ExcelToTextServlet extends SlingAllMethodsServlet {
    protected void doGet(SlingHttpServletRequest request, SlingHttpServletResponse response) throws IOException {
        try {
            // Get the XML file path
            String xmlFilePath = "/content/example/excel.xml";

            // Get the resource resolver
            ResourceResolver resourceResolver = request.getResourceResolver();

            // Check if the XML file exists
            Resource xmlResource = resourceResolver.getResource(xmlFilePath);
            if (xmlResource == null) {

            // Access the XML content as an InputStream
            InputStream xmlInputStream = xmlResource.adaptTo(InputStream.class);

            // Process the XML content and convert it to JSON
            Workbook workbook = new XSSFWorkbook(xmlInputStream);
            List<Map<String, String>> jsonData = new ArrayList<>();

            // Iterate through the Excel rows and columns
            Sheet sheet = workbook.getSheetAt(0); // Assuming it's the first sheet
            Row headerRow = sheet.getRow(0); // Assuming the first row is the header row
            int totalColumns = headerRow.getLastCellNum();

            for (int i = 1; i < sheet.getPhysicalNumberOfRows(); i++) {
                Row dataRow = sheet.getRow(i);
                Map<String, String> rowMap = new LinkedHashMap<>();

                for (int j = 0; j < totalColumns; j++) {
                    Cell headerCell = headerRow.getCell(j);
                    Cell dataCell = dataRow.getCell(j);

                    if (headerCell != null && dataCell != null) {
                        rowMap.put(headerCell.getStringCellValue(), dataCell.getStringCellValue());


            // Prepare the JSON response
            Map<String, List<Map<String, String>>> jsonResponse = new LinkedHashMap<>();
            jsonResponse.put("people", jsonData);

            // Set response content type and write JSON content to the response
            response.getWriter().write(new ObjectMapper().writeValueAsString(jsonResponse));
        } catch (Exception e) {




Level 1

Hi BraianKasingli,


At line 

InputStream xmlInputStream = xmlResource.adaptTo(InputStream.class);

I am getting null for xmlInputStream



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Kautuk Sahni