How do I generate random alphanumeric strings?

The following code snippet demonstrates how to use RandomStringGenerator class from the Apache Commons Text library to generate random strings. To create an instance of the generator we can use the RandomStringGenerator.Builder() class build() method. The builder class also helps us to configure the properties of the generator. Before calling the build() method we can set the properties of the builder using the following methods:

  • withinRange() to specifies the minimum and maximum code points allowed in the generated string.
  • filteredBy() to limits the characters in the generated string to those that match at least one of the predicates supplied. Some enum for the predicates: CharacterPredicates.DIGITS, CharacterPredicates.LETTERS.
  • selectFrom() to limits the characters in the generated string to those who match at supplied list of Character.
  • usingRandom() to overrides the default source of randomness.

After configuring and building the generator based the properties defined, we can generate the random strings using the generate() methods of the RandomStringGenerator. There are two methods available:

  • generate(int length) generates a random string, containing the specified number of code points.
  • generate(int minLengthInclusive, int maxLengthInclusive) generates a random string, containing between the minimum (inclusive) and the maximum (inclusive) number of code points.

And here is your code snippet:

package org.kodejava.commons.text;

import org.apache.commons.text.CharacterPredicates;
import org.apache.commons.text.RandomStringGenerator;

public class RandomStringDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        RandomStringGenerator generator = new RandomStringGenerator.Builder()
                .withinRange('0', 'z')
                .filteredBy(CharacterPredicates.DIGITS, CharacterPredicates.LETTERS)
                .build();

        for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
            System.out.println(generator.generate(10, 20));
        }
    }
}

Below are examples of generated random alphanumeric strings:

weJDtVARLIFS96WXje
FYrNzTR3Q3dUrLT3Xsc
4F1fu8nSsA
nIQi3a4Oyv9
l6QcsP9bejdbaLd2jd
Cc9YgTfgwo
2B8un8YCcxn9m2
RAN2dZAWalUIWeZeoS
jPQspicyaKfAzS14twH
GTurc0lWkSid03rG0JZ

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Maven Dependencies

<dependency>
    <groupId>org.apache.commons</groupId>
    <artifactId>commons-text</artifactId>
    <version>1.12.0</version>
</dependency>

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How do I sort file names by their extension?

To sort file names by their extension, we can use the ExtensionFileComparator class from the Apache Commons IO library. This class provides a couple instances of comparator such as:

Comparator Description
EXTENSION_COMPARATOR Case sensitive extension comparator
EXTENSION_REVERSE Reverse case sensitive extension comparator
EXTENSION_INSENSITIVE_COMPARATOR Case insensitive extension comparator
EXTENSION_INSENSITIVE_REVERSE Reverse case insensitive extension comparator
EXTENSION_SYSTEM_COMPARATOR System sensitive extension comparator
EXTENSION_SYSTEM_REVERSE Reverse system sensitive path comparator

The following snippet shows you how to use the first two comparators listed above.

package org.kodejava.commons.io;

import org.apache.commons.io.FilenameUtils;

import static org.apache.commons.io.comparator.ExtensionFileComparator.*;

import java.io.File;
import java.util.Arrays;

public class FileSortByExtension {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        File file = new File(".");

        // Excludes directory in the list
        File[] files = file.listFiles(File::isFile);

        if (files != null) {
            // Sort in ascending order.
            Arrays.sort(files, EXTENSION_COMPARATOR);
            FileSortByExtension.displayFileOrder(files);

            // Sort in descending order.
            Arrays.sort(files, EXTENSION_REVERSE);
            FileSortByExtension.displayFileOrder(files);
        }
    }

    private static void displayFileOrder(File[] files) {
        System.out.printf("%-20s | %s%n", "Name", "Ext");
        System.out.println("--------------------------------");
        for (File file : files) {
            System.out.printf("%-20s | %s%n", file.getName(),
                    FilenameUtils.getExtension(file.getName()));
        }
        System.out.println();
    }
}

The result of the code snippet:

Name                 | Ext
--------------------------------
README               | 
lipsum.doc           | doc
lipsum.docx          | docx
data.html            | html
contributors.txt     | txt
pom.xml              | xml

Name                 | Ext
--------------------------------
pom.xml              | xml
contributors.txt     | txt
data.html            | html
lipsum.docx          | docx
lipsum.doc           | doc
README               | 

Maven Dependencies

<dependency>
    <groupId>commons-io</groupId>
    <artifactId>commons-io</artifactId>
    <version>2.16.1</version>
</dependency>

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How do I sort files and directories based on their size?

In this example, you will learn how to sort files and directories based on their size. Using the Apache Commons IO, we can utilize the SizeFileComparator class. This class provides some instances to sort file size such as:

Comparator Description
SIZE_COMPARATOR Size comparator instance – directories are treated as zero size
SIZE_REVERSE Reverse size comparator instance – directories are treated as zero size
SIZE_SUMDIR_COMPARATOR Size comparator instance which sums the size of a directory’s contents
SIZE_SUMDIR_REVERSE Reverse size comparator instance which sums the size of a directory’s contents

Now let’s jump to the code snippet below:

package org.kodejava.commons.io;

import org.apache.commons.io.FileUtils;

import java.io.File;
import java.util.Arrays;

import static org.apache.commons.io.comparator.SizeFileComparator.*;

public class FileSortBySize {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        File dir = new File(".");
        File[] files = dir.listFiles();

        if (files != null) {
            // Sort files in ascending order based on file size.
            System.out.println("Ascending order.");
            Arrays.sort(files, SIZE_COMPARATOR);
            FileSortBySize.displayFileOrder(files, false);

            // Sort files in descending order based on file size
            System.out.println("Descending order.");
            Arrays.sort(files, SIZE_REVERSE);
            FileSortBySize.displayFileOrder(files, false);

            // Sort files in ascending order based on file / directory
            // size
            System.out.println("Ascending order with directories.");
            Arrays.sort(files, SIZE_SUMDIR_COMPARATOR);
            FileSortBySize.displayFileOrder(files, true);

            // Sort files in descending order based on file / directory
            // size
            System.out.println("Descending order with directories.");
            Arrays.sort(files, SIZE_SUMDIR_REVERSE);
            FileSortBySize.displayFileOrder(files, true);
        }
    }

    private static void displayFileOrder(File[] files, boolean displayDirectory) {
        for (File file : files) {
            if (!file.isDirectory()) {
                System.out.printf("%-25s - %s%n", file.getName(),
                        FileUtils.byteCountToDisplaySize(file.length()));
            } else if (displayDirectory) {
                long size = FileUtils.sizeOfDirectory(file);
                String friendlySize = FileUtils.byteCountToDisplaySize(size);
                System.out.printf("%-25s - %s%n", file.getName(),
                        friendlySize);
            }
        }
        System.out.println("------------------------------------");
    }
}

In the code snippet above we use a couple method from the FileUtils class such as the FileUtils.sizeOfDirectory() to calculate the size of a directory and FileUtils.byteCountToDisplaySize() to create human-readable file size.

The result of the code snippet:

Ascending order.
.editorconfig             - 389 bytes
kodejava.iml              - 868 bytes
pom.xml                   - 1 KB
------------------------------------
Descending order.
pom.xml                   - 1 KB
kodejava.iml              - 868 bytes
.editorconfig             - 389 bytes
------------------------------------
Ascending order with directories.
.editorconfig             - 389 bytes
src                       - 851 bytes
kodejava.iml              - 868 bytes
pom.xml                   - 1 KB
apache-commons-example    - 8 KB
hibernate-example         - 29 KB
.idea                     - 85 KB
------------------------------------
Descending order with directories.
.idea                     - 85 KB
hibernate-example         - 29 KB
apache-commons-example    - 8 KB
pom.xml                   - 1 KB
kodejava.iml              - 868 bytes
src                       - 851 bytes
.editorconfig             - 389 bytes

Maven Dependencies

<dependency>
    <groupId>commons-io</groupId>
    <artifactId>commons-io</artifactId>
    <version>2.16.1</version>
</dependency>

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How do I read text file content line by line to a List of Strings using Commons IO?

The following example show how to use the Apache Commons IO library to read a text file line by line to a List of String. In the code snippet below we will read the contents of a file called sample.txt using FileUtils class. We use FileUtils.readLines() method to read the contents line by line and return the result as a List of Strings.

package org.kodejava.commons.io;

import org.apache.commons.io.FileUtils;

import java.io.File;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.List;

public class ReadFileToListSample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Create a file object of sample.txt
        File file = new File("README.md");

        try {
            List<String> contents = FileUtils.readLines(file, "UTF-8");

            // Iterate the result to print each line of the file.
            for (String line : contents) {
                System.out.println(line);
            }
        } catch (IOException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
}

Maven Dependencies

<dependency>
    <groupId>commons-io</groupId>
    <artifactId>commons-io</artifactId>
    <version>2.16.1</version>
</dependency>

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Using DigestUtils.sha1hex() method to generate SHA-1 digest

In this example you’ll learn how to generate an SHA-1 digest using the Apache Commons Codec DigestUtils class. In the last two examples you’ve already seen how to generate the MD5 digest using the same library. Compared to the MD5 version the SHA-1 digest is known to be stronger to brute force attacks, but it is slower to generate. The SHA-1 produces a 160 bit (20 byte) message digest while the MD5 produces only a 128 bit message digest (16 byte).

In the code snippet below we demonstrate three different ways to use the DigestUtils.sha1Hex() method. In the first method in the example, the byteDigest(), we calculate the digest from an array of byte data. Followed by the second method, the inputStreamDigest() where we calculate the digest of an InputStream object. And on the last method we call the overload version of the sha1Hex() method to calculate the digest of a string.

Let’s see the full code snippet.

package org.kodejava.commons.codec;

import org.apache.commons.codec.digest.DigestUtils;

import java.io.*;
import java.nio.charset.StandardCharsets;

public class SHAHashDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SHAHashDemo demo = new SHAHashDemo();
        demo.byteDigest();
        demo.inputStreamDigest();
        demo.stringDigest();
    }

    /**
     * Calculates SHA-1 digest from byte array.
     */
    private void byteDigest() {
        System.out.println("SHAHashDemo.byteDigest");
        byte[] data = "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
                .getBytes(StandardCharsets.UTF_8);
        String digest = DigestUtils.sha1Hex(data);
        System.out.println("Digest          = " + digest);
        System.out.println("Digest.length() = " + digest.length());
    }

    /**
     * Calculates SHA-1 digest of InputStream object.
     */
    private void inputStreamDigest() {
        System.out.println("SHAHashDemo.inputStreamDigest");
        String data = System.getProperty("user.dir") + "/data.txt";
        File file = new File(data);
        try (InputStream is = new FileInputStream(file)) {
            String digest = DigestUtils.sha1Hex(is);
            System.out.println("Digest          = " + digest);
            System.out.println("Digest.length() = " + digest.length());
        } catch (IOException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }

    /**
     * Calculate SHA-1 digest of a string / text.
     */
    private void stringDigest() {
        System.out.println("SHAHashDemo.stringDigest");
        String data = "This is just a simple data message for SHA digest demo.";
        String digest = DigestUtils.sha1Hex(data);
        System.out.println("Digest          = " + digest);
        System.out.println("Digest.length() = " + digest.length());
    }
}

When you run the code it will output the following result:

SHAHashDemo.byteDigest
Digest          = 408d94384216f890ff7a0c3528e8bed1e0b01621
Digest.length() = 40
SHAHashDemo.inputStreamDigest
Digest          = da39a3ee5e6b4b0d3255bfef95601890afd80709
Digest.length() = 40
SHAHashDemo.stringDigest
Digest          = 4290d13ca383c2159c442d75355d83e310a2ea15
Digest.length() = 40

Maven Dependencies

<dependency>
    <groupId>commons-codec</groupId>
    <artifactId>commons-codec</artifactId>
    <version>1.16.0</version>
</dependency>

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