How Do You Upload a File Into Web Server in Java?


Scott Campbell

Uploading a file into a web server is an essential task in Java web development. In this tutorial, we will explore how to accomplish this using Java’s built-in libraries and APIs. Let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Creating the HTML Form

To enable file upload functionality, we need to create an HTML form that allows users to select the desired file. We can achieve this by using the <form> tag with the enctype attribute set to multipart/form-data.

<form action="/upload" method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data">
<input type="file" name="file">
<input type="submit" value="Upload">


  • The <form> tag defines our form.
  • The action attribute specifies the URL where the form data will be sent.
  • The method attribute defines the HTTP method used for submitting the form (in this case, POST).
  • The enctype attribute specifies how form data should be encoded (multipart/form-data is required for file upload).
  • The <input type=”file”> tag creates a file input field.
  • The final line represents a submit button that will trigger the form submission when clicked.

Step 2: Handling File Upload in Java Servlet

In order to process the uploaded file on the server-side, we need to create a Java Servlet. The Servlet will receive the file and perform any necessary operations.

Here’s an example of how such a Servlet might look:

import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.annotation.WebServlet;
import javax.http.*;

public class FileUploadServlet extends HttpServlet {
    protected void doPost(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ServletException, IOException {
        Part filePart = request.getPart("file");
        String fileName = getFileName(filePart);
        OutputStream out = null;
        InputStream fileContent = null;
        try {
            out = new FileOutputStream(new File("path/to/save/uploads/" + fileName));
            fileContent = filePart.getInputStream();
            int read;
            byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
            while ((read = != -1) {
                out.write(buffer, 0, read);
            response.getWriter().println("File " + fileName + " uploaded successfully!");
        } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
            // Handle file not found exception
        } finally {
            if (out != null) {
            if (fileContent != null) {

    private String getFileName(final Part part) {
        final String partHeader = part.getHeader("content-disposition");
        for (String content : part.getHeader("content-disposition").split(";")) {
          if (content.trim().startsWith("filename")) {
              return content.substring(content.indexOf('=') + 1).replace("\"", "");
      return null;

This Servlet receives the uploaded file through the doPost method. It uses Java’s Part interface to obtain the file data from the request.

The example code demonstrates how to save the uploaded file to a specific directory on the server. You’ll need to modify the path in the FileOutputStream constructor according to your server’s configuration.

The getFileName method extracts the original name of the uploaded file from the request headers.

Step 3: Deploying and Testing

To test our file upload functionality, we need to deploy our application on a web server and access it through a browser. Make sure you have a suitable web server environment set up (like Apache Tomcat).

Once deployed, navigate to the URL where your form is hosted. Select a file using the file input field and click on the submit button. The Servlet will handle the file upload and save it in the specified directory.

You should see a success message indicating that your file was uploaded successfully!

Final Thoughts

In this tutorial, we covered how to upload files into a web server using Java. We examined creating an HTML form with appropriate attributes for file uploads, handling file uploads within a Java Servlet, and saving uploaded files on the server. With this knowledge, you can now incorporate file upload functionality into your Java web applications with ease!

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