[java] Reading inputStream using BufferedReader.readLine() is too slow

I am using following code.

BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(conn.getInputStream()));
String line = null;

StringBuilder responseData = new StringBuilder();
while((line = in.readLine()) != null) {

But it is taking more than 12 sec to read 200 line.

Please help

This question is related to java sockets io

The answer is

I have a longer test to try. This takes an average of 160 ns to read each line as add it to a List (Which is likely to be what you intended as dropping the newlines is not very useful.

public static void main(String... args) throws IOException {
    final int runs = 5 * 1000 * 1000;

    final ServerSocket ss = new ServerSocket(0);
    new Thread(new Runnable() {
        public void run() {
            try {
                Socket serverConn = ss.accept();
                String line = "Hello World!\n";
                BufferedWriter br = new BufferedWriter(new OutputStreamWriter(serverConn.getOutputStream()));
                for (int count = 0; count < runs; count++)
            } catch (IOException e) {

    Socket conn = new Socket("localhost", ss.getLocalPort());

    long start = System.nanoTime();
    BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(conn.getInputStream()));
    String line;

    List<String> responseData = new ArrayList<String>();
    while ((line = in.readLine()) != null) {
    long time = System.nanoTime() - start;
    System.out.println("Average time to read a line was " + time / runs + " ns.");


Average time to read a line was 158 ns.

If you want to build a StringBuilder, keeping newlines I would suggets the following approach.

Reader r = new InputStreamReader(conn.getInputStream());
String line;

StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
char[] chars = new char[4*1024];
int len;
while((len = r.read(chars))>=0) {
    sb.append(chars, 0, len);

Still prints

Average time to read a line was 159 ns.

In both cases, the speed is limited by the sender not the receiver. By optimising the sender, I got this timing down to 105 ns per line.

I strongly suspect that's because of the network connection or the web server you're talking to - it's not BufferedReader's fault. Try measuring this:

InputStream stream = conn.getInputStream();
byte[] buffer = new byte[1000];
// Start timing
while (stream.read(buffer) > 0)
// End timing

I think you'll find it's almost exactly the same time as when you're parsing the text.

Note that you should also give InputStreamReader an appropriate encoding - the platform default encoding is almost certainly not what you should be using.

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