Monday, 17 August 2015

Reading XLSX on Android 5+

New Android Build Tools (21+) and Android 5 (ART) seems to easily fix the problem with 65K methods for Apache POI.

All you need to do is to copy the following files into libs dir of your project:
xmlbeans-2.6.0.jar - the hero of the day, this jar is deffective in maven repo, so it's needed to repack this jar.

See also the repo with repacked POI 3.12 jars and gradle config examples:

Add the following into your app/build.gradle to compile your project with multi-dex to fix 65K method's limit and --core-library, to avoid the warning about javax namespace in your libs.
apply plugin: ''

android {
    // ...your other project settings...
    project.tasks.withType( {
dependencies {
    // ...deps settings...
    compile '' //enable multi-dex

You still might want to do a 'aavax' hack, to avoid conflicts with future android releases.

If xmlbeans not broken it would be possible to achieve the same results with just adding 'org.apache.poi:poi-ooxml:3.12' into dependencies, however it will not work straighforwardly because xmlbeans jar in maven is defective and contains duplicates of classes, these duplicates are ok for desktop JVM, but android chokes with them. So it is required to add some routine to re-pack xmlbeans and disable preDex. It will work. however the build process will be quite slow, so it is easier just to prepare jars once and put them into libs directory (as described above)

Special thanks to Heiko Johann for pointing onto new Android Build Tools features

Links: - config example - another project of reading OpenXML from Java

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