Java JDOM2 Tutorial with Examples

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1- Introduction

 JDOM is an in-memory XML model that can be used to read, write, create and modify XML Documents. JDOM is similar to DOM in that they both provide an in-memory XML document model.
  • DOM is designed to work the same in multiple languages (C, C++, ECMAScript, Java, JScript, Lingo, PHP, PLSQL, and Python), 
  • JDOM is designed only for Java and uses the natural Java-specific features that the DOM model avoids. For this reason JDOM intentionally does not follow the w3c DOM standard. JDOM is not an XML parser but it can use a SAX, StAX or DOM parser to build the JDOM document. JDOM versions since JDOM 2.0.0 (JDOM2) all use the native language features of Java6 and later like Generics, Enums, var-args, co-variant return types, etc.
See more:

2- Library

Unlike DOM available in JDK , JDOM you have to download the library to use:
You can download the JDOM2 library at homepage:
Or simply download from Maven Repository:

3- Begin Example

This is the image after completion of the Project:

<?xml version="1.0"?>




package org.o7planning.tutorial.jdom2;

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

import org.jdom2.Document;
import org.jdom2.Element;
import org.jdom2.JDOMException;
import org.jdom2.input.SAXBuilder;

public class ReadXMLFile {
   public static void main(String[] args) {

       SAXBuilder builder = new SAXBuilder();
       File xmlFile = new File("department-datas.xml");
       System.out.println("Parsing FILE: "+ xmlFile.getAbsolutePath());

       try {

           Document document = (Document) builder.build(xmlFile);
           Element rootNode = document.getRootElement();
           List<Element> list = rootNode.getChildren("employee");

           for (int i = 0; i < list.size(); i++) {

               Element node = (Element) list.get(i);
               System.out.println(" ------ ");
               System.out.println("Emp No : " + node.getChildText("empNo"));
               System.out.println("Emp Name : " + node.getChildText("empName"));
               System.out.println("Hire Date : " + node.getChildText("hireDate"));
               System.out.println("Salary : " + node.getChildText("salary"));


       } catch (IOException e) {
       } catch (JDOMException e) {
Results after running ReadXMLFile class:

4- Comparison of some difference between JDOM and DOM