Dynamically generate CSV using servlet

Dynamically generate CSV using servlet

To dynamically generate CSV using servlet below are needed:

After all set up and configuration you will see below generated CSV sheet:

Dynamically generate CSV using servlet


Please follow below steps:

  • Create dynamic web project in eclipse name: GenerateCSVReport (Please use this link if you are not familiar how to create dynamic project in eclipse: Create Dynamic Web Project Eclipse)
  • Once you create dynamic project it should look as below structure:

Dynamically generate CSV using servlet


  • Create package name com.javahonk inside src folder
  • Create servlet class name CSVReportServlet.java inside com.javahonk package and copy paste below code:
package com.javahonk;

import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Iterator;

import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.annotation.WebServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

 * @author Java Honk
 * Servlet implementation class ReportServlet
public class CSVReportServlet extends HttpServlet {
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

     * @see HttpServlet#HttpServlet()
    public CSVReportServlet() {
        // TODO Auto-generated constructor stub

     * @see HttpServlet#doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
     *  HttpServletResponse response)
    protected void doGet(HttpServletRequest request,
            HttpServletResponse response) 
                    throws ServletException, IOException {

        String reportName =  "GenerateCSV_Report_"
        response.setHeader("Content-disposition", "attachment; " +
                "filename=" + reportName);   

        ArrayList<String> rows = new ArrayList<String>();
        rows.add("First Name,LastName,Test");       

        for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++) {

        Iterator<String> iter = rows.iterator();
        while (iter.hasNext()){
            String outputString = (String) iter.next();





  • Create index.jsp inside WebContent folder and copy paste below code:
<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">
<title>Generate CSV report</title>
<form action="CSVReportServlet">
<input type="submit" value="Generate CSV report">


  • Final project structure will be as below:

Dynamically generate CSV using servlet


  • Now we are ready to generate CSV using tomcat server. If you haven’t done tomcat set up in eclipse yet please use this link: Configure and Run Tomcat server in eclipse. Now right click project –>Run As –> Run on server.
  • You will see below jsp page:

Dynamically generate CSV using servlet


  • Click Generate CSV report. Below pop-up will be Open, Save and Cancel button. For demo we have clicked Open button to open generated CSV file:

Dynamically generate CSV using servlet


  • Once you clicked Open button finally you will see below generated CSV file:

Dynamically generate CSV using servlet


  • That’s it dynamically generate CSV using servlet created successfully.

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6 thoughts on “Dynamically generate CSV using servlet

  1. Thanks. really helped get my pdf reporting to work by understanding basic use of servlet and expanding on what you showed above.

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