Search in Excel

Following example shows how to search text in a spreadsheet file. It also shows how to use CellRange.iterator for iterating over range of cells.

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import com.gembox.spreadsheet.*;

class Program {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws {
        // If using the Professional version, put your serial key below.

        ExcelFile workbook = ExcelFile.load("%InputFileName%");

        String searchText = "Apollo 13";

        ExcelWorksheet worksheet = workbook.getWorksheet(0);

        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

        RowColumn position = worksheet.getCells().findText(searchText, false, false);

        if (position == null) {
            sb.append("Can't find text.\n");
        } else {
            sb.append(searchText + " was launched on " + worksheet.getCell(position.getRow(), 2).getValue() + ".\n");

            if (worksheet.getCell(position.getRow(), 1).getValue() instanceof String) {
                String nationality = (String) worksheet.getCell(position.getRow(), 1).getValue();
                String nationalityText = nationality.trim().toLowerCase();

                int nationalityCounter = 0;

                java.util.Iterator<ExcelCell> iterator = worksheet.getColumn(1).getCells().getReadIterator();
                while (iterator.hasNext()) {
                    ExcelCell cell =;
                    if (cell.getValue() instanceof String && ((String) cell.getValue()).trim().toLowerCase().equals(nationalityText))

                sb.append(String.format("There are %1$s entries for %2$s.", nationalityCounter, nationality));


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GemBox.Spreadsheet for Java is a component that enables you to read, write, edit and convert spreadsheet files from your applications using one simple API.

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