Aspose.Cells  for C++

Search XLS Formats in C++

Native and high performance XLS document search using server-side Aspose.Cells for C++ APIs, without the use of any software like Microsoft or Adobe PDF.

How to Search XLS File Using C++

In order to search XLS file, we’ll use

Aspose.Cells for C++

API which is a feature-rich, powerful and easy to use document searching API for C++ platform. You can download its latest version directly, just open


package manager, search for Aspose.Cells.Cpp and install. You may also use the following command from the Package Manager Console.


PM> Install-Package Aspose.Cells.Cpp

Steps to Search XLS Files in C++

A basic document search using Aspose.Cells APIs can be done with just few lines of code.

  • Load XLS file by instantiating a IWorkbook class.
  • Instantiate IReplaceOptions class.
  • Set required Pattern like SetCaseSensitive(bool value), SetMatchEntireCellContents(bool value) .
  • Use IWorkbook->Replace(..) method with relevant options.
  • Save XLS file using IWorkbook->Save(.) method.

System Requirements

Aspose.Cells for C++ supports on all major platforms and Operating Systems. Please make sure that you have the following prerequisites.

  • Microsoft Windows or a compatible OS with C++ Runtime Environment for Windows 32 bit, Windows 64 bit and Linux 64 bit.
  • Add reference to the Aspose.Cells for C++ DLL in your project.

Search XLS Files - C++

// Source directory path.
StringPtr srcDir = new String("SourcePath\\");

// Output directory path.
StringPtr outDir = new String("OutputPath\\");

// Load XLS file
intrusive_ptr<IWorkbook>  wkb = Factory::CreateIWorkbook(srcDir->StringAppend(new String("sourceFile.xls")));

// Create an instance of the IReplaceOptions class
intrusive_ptr<IReplaceOptions> replaceOptions = Factory::CreateIReplaceOptions();

// Set case sensitivity option

// Set text matching option

// Replace text
wkb->Replace(new String("Text to find"), new String("Text replacement"), replaceOptions);

// Save as XLS file
wkb->Save(outDir->StringAppend(new String("outputFile.xls")));  
  • About Aspose.Cells for C++ API

    Aspose.Cells API can be used to create, edit, convert and render Microsoft Excel formats to different formats. Moreover, it can be used for comprehensive charting, scalable reporting and reliable calculations within software applications. Aspose.Cells is a standalone API and it does not require any software like Microsoft or OpenOffice.

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    XLS What is XLS File Format

    Files with XLS extension represent Excel Binary File Format. Such files can be created by Microsoft Excel as well as other similar spreadsheet programs such as OpenOffice Calc or Apple Numbers. File saved by Excel is known as Workbook where each workbook can have one or more worksheets. Data is stored and displayed to users in table format in worksheet and can span numeric values, text data, formulas, external data connections, images, and charts. Applications like Microsoft Excel lets you export workbook data to several different formats including PDF, CSV, XLSX, TXT, HTML, XPS, and several others. The XLS file format was replaced with a more open and structured format, XLSX, with the release of Microsoft Excel 2007. The latest versions still provide support for creating and reading XLS files, though XLSX is the first choice of use now.

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    Other Supported Search Documents

    Using C++, one can also search other files including.

    CSV (Comma Separated Values)
    ODS (OpenDocument Spreadsheet File)
    TSV (Tab-Separated Values)
    TXT (Text Document)
    XLSB (Binary Excel Workbook File)
    XLSM (Spreadsheet File)