Apache CXF With Jackson

Apache CXF With Jackson Example explains step by step details of configuring Apache CXF With Jackson Provider

JAX-RS is Java API for RESTful Webservices which is very rely upon Representational State Transfer model, you can view JAX-RS specification 

Jackson is an open source java library for processing JSON format. We can use Jackson library by replacing Jettison, which is the default library for CXF

You can see the below example, which is demonstrating How to configure a Restful service using Jackson library by replacing default jettison library which is available with cxf bundle

You can also see Restful service using Jettison library CXF Restful Tutorial.

Required Libraries

You need to download

  1. JDK 7
  2. Eclipse 4.2
  3. CXF-2.7.3
  4. Tomcat 7

Following jar must be in classpath

  1. aopalliance-1.0.jar
  2. commons-logging-1.1.1.jar
  3. cxf-2.7.3.jar
  4. httpasyncclient-4.0-beta3.jar
  5. httpclient-4.2.1.jar
  6. httpcore-4.2.2.jar
  7. httpcore-nio-4.2.2.jar
  8. neethi-3.0.2.jar
  9. spring-aop-3.0.7.RELEASE.jar
  10. spring-asm-3.0.7.RELEASE.jar
  11. spring-beans-3.0.7.RELEASE.jar
  12. spring-context-3.0.7.RELEASE.jar
  13. spring-core-3.0.7.RELEASE.jar
  14. spring-expression-3.0.7.RELEASE.jar
  15. spring-web-3.0.7.RELEASE.jar
  16. wsdl4j-1.6.2.jar
  17. jaxb-impl-2.2.6.jar
  18. javax.ws.rs-api-2.0-m10.jar
  19. xmlschema-core-2.0.3.jar
  20. jackson-all-1.9.11

CXF Jackson Example

I am creating a sample restful service project that pass Student object and return with some changes on that object. The service is using simple POJO (Plain Old Java Object) bean.

Firstly create a Dynamic Web Project (File->New->Dynamic Web Project) named "CXFRestfulTutorial" according to following screenshot

Create CXF Project Apache CXF With Jackson

Create a Student Object

package com.student;

import javax.xml.bind.annotation.XmlRootElement;

@XmlRootElement(name = "Student")
public class Student {
private String name;

public String getName() {
return name;

public void setName(String name) {
this.name = name;

Here @XmlRootElement(name = "Student"), is a JAXB convension specifies that Student is XML document.

If you are specifies that @Produces("application/json") then Jettison library converts the JAXB to json text as response

Create a Service Interface

This service interface will defines which methods of restful service, to be invoked by the client

package com.student;

public interface ChangeStudentDetails {
Student changeName(Student student);
  Student getName

Implement the Service Interface

Here we implement the service interface created on the previous step

Here we are using one example showing with GET method& another with POST method

GET---> Calling this method will not result any changes to the server

POST---> Calling this method will result changes to the server, This have more secure than GET method

package com.student;

import javax.ws.rs.Consumes;
import javax.ws.rs.GET;
import javax.ws.rs.POST;
import javax.ws.rs.Path;
import javax.ws.rs.Produces;

public class ChangeStudentDetailsImpl implements ChangeStudentDetails {

public Student changeName(Student student) {
student.setName("HELLO " + student.getName());
return student;

public Student getName() {
Student student = new Student();
return student;

Note; On the above ChangeStudentDetailsImpl class, implementing an interface is not necessity, you can create restful services without implementing an interface.

@Consumes annotation specifies, the request is coming from the client

you can specify the Mime type as @Consumes("application/xml"), if the request is in xml format

@Produces annotation specifies, the response is going to the client

you can specify the Mime type as @Produces ("application/xml"), if the response need to be in xml format

Create a cxf.xml

CXF is using Spring internally, Finding classes by spring we need to add service implementation beans are added on "jaxrs:serviceBeans".

We also created a bean

<bean class="com.student.CustomJsonProvider" id="jacksonJsonProvider" /> in order to use jackson because CXF is default using jettison

<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
	xsi:schemaLocation=" http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans 
        http://cxf.apache.org/jaxrs http://cxf.apache.org/schemas/jaxrs.xsd"> 
<!--Here we are adding jacksonJsonProvider -->
	<bean id="jacksonJsonProvider" class="com.student.CustomJsonProvider" />
	<jaxrs:server id="base" address="/rest">
			<ref bean="StudentService" />
			<ref bean="jacksonJsonProvider" />
	<bean id="StudentService" class="com.student.ChangeStudentDetailsImpl" />

Implement JacksonJaxbJsonProvider

Here we are implementing JacksonJaxbJsonProvider and mentioned this on cxf.xml

package com.student;
import org.codehaus.jackson.jaxrs.JacksonJaxbJsonProvider;
import org.codehaus.jackson.map.ObjectMapper;
import org.codehaus.jackson.xc.JaxbAnnotationIntrospector;

public class CustomJsonProvider extends JacksonJaxbJsonProvider {

public CustomJsonProvider(){

ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
(org.codehaus.jackson.map.DeserializationConfig.Feature.UNWRAP_ROOT_VALUE, true);
(org.codehaus.jackson.map.SerializationConfig.Feature.WRAP_ROOT_VALUE, true);
().setAnnotationIntrospector(new JaxbAnnotationIntrospector());


Change web.xml

Change the web.xml file to find CXF servlet and cxf.xml

<web-app version="2.5" xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee"
	xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_2_5.xsd">

Publishing CXF Restful Service

Apache CXF With Jackson


You can Find all the deployed JAX-WS/JAX-RS services you need to append 'services' at the end of the URL so URL will become following


Deployed REST Web Service Using Jackson

Apache CXF With Jackson


you can also see CXF Restful Client in order to run this restful service

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