XLSReader let's you read from .xls (OpenOffice or Microsoft Excel) files.

Please note that XlsReader currently can't be used in applets without signing them.


download XlsReader version 0.1.1 in .zip format


  • quit processing
  • find your sketchbook folder, see second paragraph here
  • add a folder called libraries (lowercase) to your sketchbook if its not already there
  • move the XlsReader-0.1.1.zip into that libraries folder
  • unzip it in place
  • rename it to XlsReader
  • start processing and run one of the included examples to see if the lib is working

keywords Excel, reader, xls, data

documentation. have a look at the online documentation here. a copy of the documentation is included in the .zip as well.

source and bugtracking. the source is available at github


find a list of examples in the current distribution of XlsReader, or have a look at them by following the links below.


platform osx
processing 1.0 – 1.5
dependencies apache POI included


You've built something nice with this lib? Mail me the link and i'm happy to add it here.