The readUTF() and writeUTF() methods in Java

Unicode (UTF) − Stands for Unicode Translation Format. It is developed by The Unicode Consortium. if you want to create documents that use characters from multiple character sets, you will be able to do so using the single Unicode character encodings. It provides 3 types of encodings.

  • UTF-8 − It comes in 8-bit units (bytes), a character in UTF8 can be from 1 to 4 bytes long, making UTF8 variable width.

  • UTF-16-8 − It comes in 16-bit units (shorts), it can be 1 or 2 shorts long, making UTF16 variable width.

  • UTF-32 − It comes in 32-bit units (longs). It is a fixed-width format and is always 1 "long" in length.

The writeUTF() method of the class accepts a String value as a parameter and writes it in using modified UTF-8 encoding, to the current output stream. Therefore to write UTF-8 data to a file −

The readUTF() method of the reads data that is in modified UTF-8 encoding, into a String and returns it. Therefore to read UTF-8 data to a file −


The following Java example writes UTF-8 data into a file and reads it back using the writeUTF() and readUTF() methods.

 Live Demo

public class Read_Write_UTF {
   public static void main(String args[]) {
      FileOutputStream fileOut = null;
      DataOutputStream outputStream = null;
      FileInputStream fileIn = null;
      DataInputStream inputStream = null;
      StringBuffer buffer = new StringBuffer();
      try {
         //Instantiating the FileOutputStream class
         fileOut = new FileOutputStream("D:\\utfText.txt");
         //Instantiating the DataOutputStream class
         outputStream = new DataOutputStream(fileOut);
         //Writing UTF data to the output stream
         outputStream.writeUTF("టుటోరియల్స్ పాయింట్ కి స్వాగతిం");
         System.out.println("Data inserted into the file");
         //Instantiating the FileInputStream class
         fileIn = new FileInputStream("D:\\utfText.txt");
         //Instantiating the DataInputStream class
         inputStream = new DataInputStream(fileIn);
         //Reading UTF data from the DataInputStream
         while(inputStream.available()>0) {
      catch(EOFException ex) {
      catch(IOException ex) {
      System.out.println("Contents of the file: "+buffer.toString());


Data inserted into the file
Contents of the file: టుటోరియల్స్ పాయింట్ కి స్వాగతిం
Published on 06-Sep-2019 17:40:39