Corner Corner - 3 months ago 22
Java Question

JAVA 2D String array column numbers

I have a CSV file which I have to read to a 2D string array (it must be a 2D array)

However it has different column number, like:

One, two, three, four, five


So I want to read those into an array. I split it everything is good, however I don't know how not to fill the missing columns with NULLs.

The previous example is:

0: one,two,three,four,five (length 5)

1: 1,2,3,4,null (length 5)

However I want the next row's length to be 4 and not 5 without null.

Is this possible?

This is where I've got so far (I know it's bad):

public static void read(Scanner sc) {
ArrayList<String> temp = new ArrayList<>();

while(sc.hasNextLine()) {
temp.add(sc.nextLine().replace(" ", ""));
String[] row = temp.get(0).split(",");
data = new String[temp.size()][row.length];
for (int i = 0; i < temp.size(); ++i) {
String[] t = temp.get(i).split(",");
for (int j = 0; j < t.length; ++j) {
data[i][j] = t[j];


Sounds like you want a non-rectangular 2-dimensional array. You'll want to avoid defining the second dimension on your 2D array. Here's an example:

final Path path = FileSystems.getDefault().getPath("src/main/resources/csvfile");
final List<String> lines = Files.readAllLines(path);

final String[][] arrays = new String[lines.size()][];
for (int i = 0; i < lines.size(); i++) {
    arrays[i] = lines.get(i).split(",");

All lines are read into a List so that we know the first dimension of the 2D array. The second dimension for each row is determined by the result of the split operation.