Jackson: Json data binding filters

Jackson provides an effective an efficient way to bind json to POJOs. However, at times, certain properties may need to be ignored while converting a json to java ojbect and a java object to json string. Jackson provides three ways to filter properties.

  1. @JsonIgnoreProperties- This annotation can be used at the type level to ignore json properties. In the example below we ignore the ‘tags’ property from the albums dataset.
  2. @JsonIgnore - This annotation can be set at property level to ignore certain properties.
  3. Using Custom filters

The example below shows method 1 and 2. Also note the use of the @JsonAutoDetect annotation.

Data Binding Filters Example


package com.studytrails.json.jackson;

import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonAutoDetect;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonAutoDetect.Visibility;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonProperty;

// Do not use fields to autodetect. use the public getter methods to autodetect properties
@JsonAutoDetect(fieldVisibility = Visibility.NONE, getterVisibility = Visibility.PUBLIC_ONLY)
public class AlbumsFilter {

    private String title;
    private DatasetFilter[] datasetFilter;
    public String total_pages;

    protected String getTotal_pages() {
        return total_pages;

    public String getTitle() {
        return title;

    // this getter method is for the 'dataset' property
    public DatasetFilter[] getDatasetFilter() {
        return datasetFilter;

DatasetFilter class

package com.studytrails.json.jackson;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonAnyGetter;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonAnySetter;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonCreator;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonIgnore;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonIgnoreProperties;
import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonProperty;

// ignore the property with name 'tags'.
@JsonIgnoreProperties({ "tags" })
public class DatasetFilter {
    private String album_id;
    private String album_title;
    private Map<String , Object> otherProperties = new HashMap<String , Object>();
    private String album_comments;

    public DatasetFilter(@JsonProperty("album_id") String album_id, @JsonProperty("album_title") String album_title) {
        this.album_id = album_id;
        this.album_title = album_title;

    // ignore the property specified by this getter.
    public String getAlbum_comments() {
        return album_comments;

    public String getAlbum_id() {
        return album_id;

    public void setAlbum_id(String album_id) {
        this.album_id = album_id;

    public String getAlbum_title() {
        return album_title;

    public void setAlbum_title(String album_title) {
        this.album_title = album_title;

    public Object get(String name) {
        return otherProperties.get(name);

    // this method is used to get all properties not specified earlier.
    public Map<String , Object> any() {
        return otherProperties;

    public void set(String name, Object value) {
        otherProperties.put(name, value);

(Note: This article’s original links is here )

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