rampuriyaaa rampuriyaaa - 11 months ago 102
Java Question

compression and decompression of string data in java

I am using the following code to compress and decompress string data, but the problem which I am facing is, it is easily getting compressed without error, but decompress method throws following error.

Exception in thread "main" java.io.IOException: Not in GZIP format

public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
String string = "I am what I am hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"
+ "bjggujhhhhhhhhh"
+ "rggggggggggggggggggggggggg"
+ "esfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff"
+ "esffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff"
+ "esfekfgy enter code here`etd`enter code here wdd"
+ "heljwidgutwdbwdq8d"
+ "skdfgysrdsdnjsvfyekbdsgcu"

System.out.println("after compress:");
String compressed = compress(string);
System.out.println("after decompress:");
String decomp = decompress(compressed);

public static String compress(String str) throws Exception {
if (str == null || str.length() == 0) {
return str;
System.out.println("String length : " + str.length());
ByteArrayOutputStream obj=new ByteArrayOutputStream();
GZIPOutputStream gzip = new GZIPOutputStream(obj);
String outStr = obj.toString("UTF-8");
System.out.println("Output String length : " + outStr.length());
return outStr;

public static String decompress(String str) throws Exception {
if (str == null || str.length() == 0) {
return str;
System.out.println("Input String length : " + str.length());
GZIPInputStream gis = new GZIPInputStream(new ByteArrayInputStream(str.getBytes("UTF-8")));
BufferedReader bf = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(gis, "UTF-8"));
String outStr = "";
String line;
while ((line=bf.readLine())!=null) {
outStr += line;
System.out.println("Output String lenght : " + outStr.length());
return outStr;

Still couldn't figure out how to fix this issue!!!

Answer Source

This is because of

String outStr = obj.toString("UTF-8");

Send the byte[] which you can get from your ByteArrayOutputStream and use it as such in your ByteArrayInputStream to construct your GZIPInputStream. Following are the changes which need to be done in your code.

byte[] compressed = compress(string); //In the main method

public static byte[] compress(String str) throws Exception {
    return obj.toByteArray();

public static String decompress(byte[] bytes) throws Exception {
    GZIPInputStream gis = new GZIPInputStream(new ByteArrayInputStream(bytes));