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To Count The Elements in a XML File


In this section, you will learn to count the element in XML document using DOM APIs defined in the org.apache.xerces.parsers.DOMParser  package. Your classpath must  contain  xercesImpl.jar  and xml-apis.jar files  to run this program.
You can download it from Xerces

Description of program: This program takes a file name from the console and checks its availability. If the file exists then  DOMParser is created  using the org.apache.xerces.parsers.DOMParser package.This object parses the given XML document. It asks the element name and counts its occurence in the xml file. If the given element doesn't exist it displays the '0' element.

Here is the XML File: Employee-Detail.xml

<?xml version = "1.0" ?>

<Emp_Id> E-001 </Emp_Id>
<Emp_Name> Vinod </Emp_Name>
<Emp_E-mail> Vinod1@yahoo.com </Emp_E-mail>

<Emp_Id> E-002 </Emp_Id>
<Emp_Name> Amit </Emp_Name>
<Emp_E-mail> Amit2@yahoo.com </Emp_E-mail>

<Emp_Id> E-003 </Emp_Id>
<Emp_Name> Deepak </Emp_Name>
<Emp_E-mail> Deepak3@yahoo.com </Emp_E-mail>


Here is the Java File: CountNodes.java

import org.w3c.dom.*;
import org.apache.xerces.parsers.DOMParser;
import java.io.*;

public class CountNodes{
  public static void main(String[] args) {
      BufferedReader bf = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(System.in));
      System.out.print("Enter file name: ");
      String str = bf.readLine();
      File file = new File(str);
      if (file.exists()){
        DOMParser parser = new DOMParser();
        Document doc = parser.getDocument();
        System.out.print("Enter element that have to count: ");
        String ele = bf.readLine();
        NodeList list = doc.getElementsByTagName(ele);
        System.out.println("Number of nodes: " + list.getLength());
        System.out.println("File not found!");
    catch (Exception e){

Download this example.

Output of program:

C:\vinod\xml>javac CountNodes.java

C:\vinod\xml>java CountNodes
Enter file name: Employee-Detail.xml
Enter element that have to count: Emp_Name
Number of nodes: 3


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