activelearner activelearner - 2 months ago 34x
Java Question

Java - Write hashmap to a csv file

I have a hashmap with a String key and String value. It contains a large number of keys and their respective values.

For example:

key | value
abc | aabbcc
def | ddeeff

I would like to write this hashmap to a csv file such that my csv file contains rows as below:


I tried the following example here using the supercsv library: However, in this example, you have to create a hashmap for each row that you want to add to your csv file. I have a large number of key value pairs which means that several hashmaps, with each containing data for one row need to be created. I would like to know if there is a more optimized approach that can be used for this use case.

Thanks in advance!


As your question is asking how to do this using Super CSV, I thought I'd chime in (as a maintainer of the project).

I initially thought you could just iterate over the map's entry set using CsvBeanWriter and a name mapping array of "key", "value", but this doesn't work because HashMap's internal implementation doesn't allow reflection to get the key/value.

So your only option is to use CsvListWriter as follows. At least this way you don't have to worry about escaping CSV (every other example here just joins with commas...aaarrggh!):

public void writeHashMapToCsv() throws Exception {
    Map<String, String> map = new HashMap<>();
    map.put("abc", "aabbcc");
    map.put("def", "ddeeff");

    StringWriter output = new StringWriter();
    try (ICsvListWriter listWriter = new CsvListWriter(output, 
        for (Map.Entry<String, String> entry : map.entrySet()){
            listWriter.write(entry.getKey(), entry.getValue());