Sample code to serialize and deserialize Java Enum enums and JSON in Jackson


--Convert values in Java Enum enums and JSON --Use the abstract classes JsonSerializer and JsonDeserializer provided by Jackson

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Sample code

package com.example.humansex;

import com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonGenerator;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonParser;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.DeserializationContext;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.JsonDeserializer;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.JsonSerializer;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.SerializerProvider;


 * ISO 5218 (Code for notation of human gender)An enumeration type that represents.
 *Gender code:unknown=0,male=1,Female=2,Not applicable=9
public enum HumanSex {

   *unknown=0,male=1,Female=2,Not applicable=9

  private final int code;

  private HumanSex(int code) {
    this.code = code;

   *Returns the gender code.
  public int getCode() {
    return code;

   *Returns a HumanSex enumeration constant that matches the gender code.
   * @param code Gender code
   * @return HumanSex enumeration constant
  public static HumanSex codeOf(int code) {
    for (HumanSex value : HumanSex.values()) {
      if (code == value.getCode()) {
        return value;
    return null; //Does not match

   *A class that serializes a HumanSex object to JSON.
  public static class Serializer extends JsonSerializer<HumanSex> {

     *Gender code the HumanSex object when generating JSON(Integer value)Convert to.
    public void serialize(HumanSex value, JsonGenerator generator, SerializerProvider serializers) throws IOException {

   *A class that deserializes a HumanSex object from JSON.
  public static class Deserializer extends JsonDeserializer<HumanSex> {

     *Gender code when parsing JSON(Integer value)To a HumanSex object.
    public HumanSex deserialize(JsonParser parser, DeserializationContext context) throws IOException {
      return HumanSex.codeOf(parser.getIntValue());
package com.example;

import com.example.humansex.HumanSex;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.annotation.JsonDeserialize;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.annotation.JsonSerialize;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class MyData {

  public List<Person> personList = new ArrayList<>();

  public String toString() {
    StringBuilder buf = new StringBuilder();
    for (Person person : personList) {
      buf.append(person + System.lineSeparator());
    return buf.toString();

  public static class Person {

    public String name;

    //Specify the class to be used when JSON generation / analysis by Jackson with annotation
    @JsonSerialize(using = HumanSex.Serializer.class)
    @JsonDeserialize(using = HumanSex.Deserializer.class)
    public HumanSex sex;

    public Person() {

    public Person(String name, HumanSex sex) { = name; = sex;

    public String toString() {
      return "name=[" + name + "], sex=[" + sex.toString() + "]";
package com.example;

import com.example.humansex.HumanSex;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;


public class App {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {

    //Generate data object
    MyData inputData = new MyData();
    inputData.personList.add(new MyData.Person("Peko",   HumanSex.NOT_KNOWN));
    inputData.personList.add(new MyData.Person("Anubis", HumanSex.MALE));
    inputData.personList.add(new MyData.Person("Isis",   HumanSex.FEMALE));
    inputData.personList.add(new MyData.Person("Robot",  HumanSex.NOT_APPLICABLE));

    //Generate JSON string from data object in Jackson
    StringWriter out = new StringWriter();
    new ObjectMapper().writerWithDefaultPrettyPrinter().writeValue(out, inputData);
    String json = out.toString();

    //Output JSON string
    System.out.println("***** Mydata → JSON *****");

    //Parse JSON string in Jackson and convert it to a data object
    MyData outputData = new ObjectMapper().readValue(json, MyData.class);

    //Output string representation of object
    System.out.println("***** JSON → Mydata *****");

Gradle configuration file

Prepare a configuration file build.gradle for building and running with Gradle.

plugins {
  id 'java'
  id 'application'

group 'org.example'
version '0.0.1'

sourceCompatibility = 11

repositories {

dependencies {
  implementation 'com.fasterxml.jackson.core:jackson-databind:2.10.3'

application {
  mainClassName = 'com.example.App'

Execution result

***** Mydata → JSON *****
  "personList" : [ {
    "name" : "Peko",
    "sex" : 0
  }, {
    "name" : "Anubis",
    "sex" : 1
  }, {
    "name" : "Isis",
    "sex" : 2
  }, {
    "name" : "Robot",
    "sex" : 9
  } ]
***** JSON → Mydata *****
name=[Peko], sex=[NOT_KNOWN]
name=[Anubis], sex=[MALE]
name=[Isis], sex=[FEMALE]
name=[Robot], sex=[NOT_APPLICABLE]

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