I host my site in asphostportal and I am trying to build a Java clinet that connects to Sharepoint (mysite.sharepoint.com) and grabs an excel file. I used the Excel services WSDL file, however the ExcelServices does not provide a Credential property to authenticate unlike its .Net counter part.

I am even trying to figure out the REST API for accessing the excel file. All i need is some why for my java clinet to use the API (either soap or rest) and grab specific cell data from the excel to my java web application.

I have been looking for a clean solution but for the life of me I couldn't find it ...

Any help is greatly appreciate it

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Since Excel Services in SharePoint 2013/Online supports supports OData, the following examples demonstrate how to retrieve table content:

  • https://contoso.sharepoint.com/_vti_bin/ExcelRest.aspx/Documents/ciscoexpo.xlsx/OData/CiscoSalesTable get all table data

  • https://contoso.sharepoint.com/_vti_bin/ExcelRest.aspx/Documents/ciscoexpo.xlsx/OData/CiscoSalesTable?$filter=Sales ge 100 get specific rows

Prerequisite: excel file have to be prepared as explained in Prepare excel data section

Follow Requesting Excel workbook data from SharePoint Server using OData for a more details.

Prepare excel data

Assume the following excel file

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that contains the following items in the workbook:

Before uploading file into SharePoint library, go to File -> Browse View Options -> choose Items in the Workbook as demonstrated below. Then save file and upload it into SharePoint Documents library.

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How to read excel data via Excel Services 2010 REST API

I don't have any Java examples that demonstrates how to consume Excel Services, but you could consider the following example in C# as a starting point:

using System.Net;

namespace SharePoint.Client.Office
    public class ExcelClient : WebClient

        public ExcelClient(string webUrl, ICredentials credentials)
            BaseAddress = webUrl;
            Credentials =  credentials;
            Headers.Add("X-FORMS_BASED_AUTH_ACCEPTED", "f");

        public string ReadTable(string libraryName, string fileName, string tableName,string formatType)
            var endpointUrl = BaseAddress + string.Format("/_vti_bin/ExcelRest.aspx/{0}/{1}/OData/{2}", libraryName, fileName, tableName);
            return DownloadString(endpointUrl);



var credentials = GetCredentials(webUrl,username,password);
var client = new ExcelClient(webUrl, credentials);
var tableData = client.ReadTable("Documents","ciscoexpo.xlsx", "CiscoSalesTable");


private static SharePointOnlineCredentials GetCredentials(Uri webUri, string userName, string password)
    var securePassword = new SecureString();
    foreach (var ch in password) securePassword.AppendChar(ch);
    return new SharePointOnlineCredentials(userName, securePassword);


Excel Services REST API

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