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Unlock DOCX Files via Java

Remove protection from Word documents including DOCX file using Java Library.

How to Remove Protection DOCX File Using Java

In order to unlock Microsoft Word DOCX file, we’ll use

Aspose.Words for Java

API which is a feature-rich, powerful and easy to use protection API for Java platform. You can download its latest version directly from


and install it within your Maven-based project by adding the following configurations to the pom.xml.


<name>Aspose Java API</name>


<version>version of aspose-words API</version>

Steps to unlock DOCX via Java

  1. Load protected document in an instance of Document class
  2. Call unprotect() function to remove protection
  3. Save the result back in DOCX format with save() method

System Requirements

Before integrating the code, make sure that you have the following prerequisites.

  • Microsoft Windows or a compatible OS with Java Runtime Environment for JSP/JSF Application and Desktop Applications.
  • Get latest version of Aspose.Words for Java directly from Maven.

Unlock DOCX Files via C#

// Load a DOCX file
Document doc = new Document("protectedFile.docx");

// Unprotect

// Save the document"UnlockedFile.docx");
  • Java Words API can be used to load, view and convert Microsoft Word and OpenDocument Formats like DOC, DOCX, ODT to PDF, XPS, HTML and various other formats. You can also create new documents from scratch and save them in the supported formats. It is a standalone API that is suitable for server side and backend systems where high performance is required. It does not depend on any software like Microsoft or OpenOffice. ‎

    Free App to Unlock DOCX

    Other Supported Unlocking Formats

    Using Java, one can easily remove protection / unlocking of different formats including.

    DOC (Microsoft Word Binary Format)
    DOT (Microsoft Word Template Files)
    DOTX (Microsoft Word Template File)
    ODT (OpenDocument Text File Format)
    OTT (OpenDocument Standard Format)