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  • Last Updated : 28 Dec, 2020
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We will look into the Method that allows us to read the HashMap Text from the file or how we can De-serialised the File

De-Serialization: Here we are reproducing the HashMap object and it’s content from a serialized file.


Firstly the method/Function HashMapFromTextFile will have the Method bufferedReader which read the Line of the text File and insert into the map and then return the Map

bf = new BufferedWriter( new FileWriter(file_name) );
  • Firstly we call the BufferedReader to read each line.
  • At each Line, We have the Key-Value Pair. So, Now split it by “:” and same time put the key and Value to the map
  • and return the Map


// Java program to reading
// text file to HashMap
import java.util.*;
class GFG {
    final static String filePath
        = "F:/Serialisation/write.txt";
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // read text file to HashMap
        Map<String, String> mapFromFile
            = HashMapFromTextFile();
        // iterate over HashMap entries
        for (Map.Entry<String, String> entry :
             mapFromFile.entrySet()) {
            System.out.println(entry.getKey() + " : "
                               + entry.getValue());
    public static Map<String, String> HashMapFromTextFile()
        Map<String, String> map
            = new HashMap<String, String>();
        BufferedReader br = null;
        try {
            // create file object
            File file = new File(filePath);
            // create BufferedReader object from the File
            br = new BufferedReader(new FileReader(file));
            String line = null;
            // read file line by line
            while ((line = br.readLine()) != null) {
                // split the line by :
                String[] parts = line.split(":");
                // first part is name, second is number
                String name = parts[0].trim();
                String number = parts[1].trim();
                // put name, number in HashMap if they are
                // not empty
                if (!name.equals("") && !number.equals(""))
                    map.put(name, number);
        catch (Exception e) {
        finally {
            // Always close the BufferedReader
            if (br != null) {
                try {
                catch (Exception e) {
        return map;

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