Issue with parsing the content from json file with Jackson & message- JsonMappingException -Cannot deserialize as out of START_ARRAY token

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Given the following .json file:

[
    {
        "name" : "New York",
        "number" : "732921",
        "center" : [
                "latitude" : 38.895111, 
                "longitude" : -77.036667
            ]
    },
    {
        "name" : "San Francisco",
        "number" : "298732",
        "center" : [
                "latitude" : 37.783333, 
                "longitude" : -122.416667
            ]
    }
]

I prepared two classes to represent the contained data:

public class Location {
    public String name;
    public int number;
    public GeoPoint center;
}

...

public class GeoPoint {
    public double latitude;
    public double longitude;
}

In order to parse the content from the .json file I use Jackson 2.2.x and prepared the following method:

public static List<Location> getLocations(InputStream inputStream) {
    ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();
    try {
        TypeFactory typeFactory = objectMapper.getTypeFactory();
        CollectionType collectionType = typeFactory.constructCollectionType(
                                            List.class, Location.class);
        return objectMapper.readValue(inputStream, collectionType);
    } catch (IOException e) {
        e.printStackTrace();
    }
    return null;
}

As long as I leave out the center property all content can be parsed. However, when I try to parse the geo-coordinates I end up with the following error message:

com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.JsonMappingException: Can not deserialize instance of
com.example.GeoPoint out of START_ARRAY token at [Source: [email protected]; line: 5, column: 25]
(through reference chain: com.example.Location["center"])

This question is tagged with java arrays json jackson

~ Asked on 2013-10-12 10:22:22

The Best Answer is


82

Your JSON string is malformed: the type of center is an array of invalid objects. Replace [ and ] with { and } in the JSON string around longitude and latitude so they will be objects:

[
    {
        "name" : "New York",
        "number" : "732921",
        "center" : {
                "latitude" : 38.895111, 
                "longitude" : -77.036667
            }
    },
    {
        "name" : "San Francisco",
        "number" : "298732",
        "center" : {
                "latitude" : 37.783333, 
                "longitude" : -122.416667
            }
    }
]

~ Answered on 2013-10-16 18:25:38


127

JsonMappingException: out of START_ARRAY token exception is thrown by Jackson object mapper as it's expecting an Object {} whereas it found an Array [{}] in response.

This can be solved by replacing Object with Object[] in the argument for geForObject("url",Object[].class). References:

  1. Ref.1
  2. Ref.2
  3. Ref.3

~ Answered on 2015-11-04 07:14:06


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