Get character data (CDATA) from xml document : CDATA « XML « Java Tutorial


import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilder;
import javax.xml.parsers.DocumentBuilderFactory;

import org.w3c.dom.CharacterData;
import org.w3c.dom.Document;
import org.w3c.dom.Element;
import org.w3c.dom.Node;
import org.w3c.dom.NodeList;

public class Main {
  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
    File file = new File("data.xml");
    DocumentBuilder builder = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance().newDocumentBuilder();
    Document doc = builder.parse(file);

    NodeList nodes = doc.getElementsByTagName("topic");
    for (int i = 0; i < nodes.getLength(); i++) {
      Element element = (Element) nodes.item(i);
      NodeList title = element.getElementsByTagName("title");
      Element line = (Element) title.item(0);
      System.out.println("Title: " + getCharacterDataFromElement(line));
  public static String getCharacterDataFromElement(Element e) {
    Node child = e.getFirstChild();
    if (child instanceof CharacterData) {
      CharacterData cd = (CharacterData) child;
      return cd.getData();
    return "";

33.23.1.Accessing character data (CDATA) of XML element
33.23.2.Get character data (CDATA) from xml document
33.23.3.Converting CDATA Nodes into Text Nodes While Parsing an XML File
33.23.4.Adding a CDATA Section to a DOM Document
33.23.5.Set Data to Character Data
33.23.6.Get substring from CharacterData
33.23.7.Append and insert data to CharacterData
33.23.8.Delete data from CharacterData
33.23.9.Replace Data in CharacterData