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JAXB/Moxy Unmarshalling assigns all field values to Map<String,Object> rather than the specifi [message #1841825] Mon, 31 May 2021 10:19
AB B is currently offline AB BFriend
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I am stuck with this issue for about a week now. As I was unable to get any help posting the question here as the last option. Please find the attached copy of code samples and link of "Stackoverflow" within the attachment.

I am using the JAXB/MOXY within my application and it reduces my code drastically. However, I am facing a small issue due to the @XmlPath. I tried a lot of things but none was able to help so posting the same here.

Basically, the problem is that: During unmarshalling, the dedicated fields are not taken into consideration at all. All the values are unmarshalled to Map<String.Object>. As per my understanding, it's happening because of the annotation @XmlPath(".") but If I remove this annotation then it won't work as expected. Can someone please help me with this issue?

Following is my XML that I would like to convert to JSON: (Note: Name and Age are dedicated fields and others are the user-defined field.)

  <google:main xmlns:google="">

Following is my Customer class used for marshaling, unmarshalling by Moxy and Jackson: (Note: Name and Age are dedicated fields and others is the user-defined field. I want Map<String,Object> others field to store only the values that cannot be mapped directly to POJO such as google:main and its children from above XML)

@XmlRootElement(name = "Customer")
@XmlType(name = "Customer", propOrder = {"name", "age", "others"})
public class Customer {
  private String name;
  private String age;

  private Map<String, Object> others;
  //Getter, Setter and other constructors

Following is my Main class which will be used for marshaling and unmarshalling. Also, to convert to JSON and XML.

class Main {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws JAXBException, XMLStreamException, JsonProcessingException {

    //XML to JSON
    JAXBContext jaxbContext = JAXBContext.newInstance(Customer.class);
    Unmarshaller unmarshaller = jaxbContext.createUnmarshaller();
    InputStream inputStream = Main.class.getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream("Customer.xml");
    final XMLInputFactory xmlInputFactory = XMLInputFactory.newInstance();
    final XMLStreamReader streamReader = xmlInputFactory.createXMLStreamReader(inputStream);
    final Customer customer = unmarshaller.unmarshal(streamReader, Customer.class).getValue();
    final ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();
    final String jsonEvent = objectMapper.writerWithDefaultPrettyPrinter().writeValueAsString(customer);

    //JSON to XML
    Marshaller marshaller = jaxbContext.createMarshaller();
    marshaller.setProperty(Marshaller.JAXB_FRAGMENT, Boolean.TRUE);
    marshaller.setProperty(Marshaller.JAXB_FORMATTED_OUTPUT, Boolean.TRUE);
    marshaller.marshal(customer, System.out);

When I convert the XML->JSON then I get the following output: (If you observe the fields name and age are not taken as the dedicated fields from Customer class rather its taken as random fields and written within the others)
  "name" : "",
  "age" : "",
  "others" : {
    "google:main" : [ {
      "google:sub" : "bye"
    } ],
    "name" : "BATMAN",
    "age" : "2008"

I want my output to be something like this: (I want my dedicated fields (name, age) to be mapped first then if there are any unknown fields then map them later within others MAP). Please note that I do not want to get others to tag within my JSON. I want to get the names of the fields only for the dedicated fields.

  "name": "BATMAN",
  "age": 2008,
  "google:main": {
    "google:sub": "bye"

Following is the XML that I would like to get during the marshaling. Also, please note I am using @XmlPath(".") so that I do not get the others tag within my XML during marshaling.


Following is my TestAdapter class which will be used for the Userdefined fields:

class TestAdapter extends XmlAdapter<Wrapper, Map<String, Object>> {

  public Map<String, Object> unmarshal(Wrapper value) throws Exception {
    final Map<String, Object> others = new HashMap<>();

    for (Object obj : value.getElements()) {
      final Element element = (Element) obj;
      final NodeList children = element.getChildNodes();

      //Check if its direct String value field or complex
      if (children.getLength() == 1) {
        others.put(element.getNodeName(), element.getTextContent());
      } else {
        List<Object> child = new ArrayList<>();
        for (int i = 0; i < children.getLength(); i++) {
          final Node n = children.item(i);
          if (n.getNodeType() == Node.ELEMENT_NODE) {
            Wrapper wrapper = new Wrapper();
            List childElements = new ArrayList();
            wrapper.elements = childElements;
        others.put(element.getNodeName(), child);

    return others;

  public Wrapper marshal(Map<String, Object> v) throws Exception {
    Wrapper wrapper = new Wrapper();
    List elements = new ArrayList();
    for (Map.Entry<String, Object> property : v.entrySet()) {
      if (property.getValue() instanceof Map) {
        elements.add(new JAXBElement<Wrapper>(new QName(property.getKey()), Wrapper.class, marshal((Map) property.getValue())));
      } else {
        elements.add(new JAXBElement<String>(new QName(property.getKey()), String.class, property.getValue().toString()));
    wrapper.elements = elements;
    return wrapper;

class Wrapper {

  List elements;
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