# GraphML With JUNG: Saving Out

This one of two posts I’m dedicating to saving out to and loading from GraphML using the JUNG library. These are two parts of a really good library that lack sufficient documentation.

You first need to create your writers. The first line of code creates your GraphMLWriter with your custom Edge and Vertex classes specified.

The next line creates a standard Java PrintWriter, which takes in input from a BufferedWriter, which in turn is connected to a FileWriter that writes to the file specified by the String filename.

By default, the XML file generated does not store the X and Y coordinates of the vertices, so when you load a graph from a file, all the vertices are placed on top of each other at a single point on the canvas. These are two bits of code that tell my GraphMLWriter to add this information in to the file it creates.

The addVertexData function definition looks like this:

The id is the string that I want added into my XML file, and is what I will be using to extract the value while loading my graph from the file. The description would describe the new data field you’re adding, I’ve omitted that here. The default_value is again a string, and the last argument is what makes it all work.

A Transformer can be looked as just something that transforms one object into another. It has an abstract function transform that every transformer is required to implement. In this case, the transformer is required to return a String that is needed by the GraphMLWriter, and I’ve used my AbstractLayout graphy.layout to extract the X and Y coordinates of the vertex and return them as strings to my GraphMLWriter.

This final bit of code saves out the Graph g using the PrintWriter out.