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File upload problem: UTF-8 encoding not honored when form has multipart/form-data

The problem that I was facing was something like this. I was using Apache Commons File Upload library to upload and download some file.

I had a form in which user can upload a file and another field 'name' in which she can give any name to the file being loaded.

When I submitted the form, the file was uploaded fine but the value in name field was garbled. I followed all the possible suggestions I found:

  1. <%@page pageEncoding="UTF-8"%> set.
  2. <%@page contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8"%gt; set after the first directive.
  3. <meta equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=UTF-8"> in the head.
  4. enctype="multipart/form-data" attribute in the form.
  5. accept-charset="UTF-8" attribute in the form.

in the Servlet:
  1. before doing any operations on request object: request.setCharacterEncoding("UTF-8");
For accessing the value

FileItem item = (FileItem);

if (item.isFormField()) {

//For regular form field:

name = item.getFieldName();

//converting from default encoding to UTF-8.

value = new String(item.getString().getBytes(), "UTF-8");


But this too didn't work. Finally after lot of trial and error methods, this is the call which set everything right.

value = item.getString("UTF-8").trim();

I was able to get the value in text field correct, ungarbled!


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gluvce said…
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The only good solution that I find on internet.

Thank you
Ramanathan said…
Thanks a lot! Lot of time saved.

Please post more details about the solution in StackOverFlow.

Matthias said…
In case you receive the request parameter already as a String, you might want to use new String(parameter.getBytes("ISO-8859-1"), "UTF-8"). At least that solved it for me.

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