Programming language: Kotlin
Tags: JSON    
Latest version: v2.11.0

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Module that adds support for serialization/deserialization of Kotlin classes and data classes. Previously a default constructor must have existed on the Kotlin object for Jackson to deserialize into the object. With this module, single constructor classes can be used automatically, and those with secondary constructors or static factories are also supported.


Build Status

2.9.8+ Releases are compiled with Kotlin 1.3.x, other older releases are Kotlin 1.2.x. All should be compatible with current Kotlin if you also ensure the kotlin-reflect dependency is included with the same version number as stdlib.

  • release 2.11.0 (for Jackson 2.11.x)
  • release 2.10.3 (for Jackson 2.10.x)
  • release 2.9.10 (for Jackson 2.9.x)

Releases require that you have included Kotlin stdlib and reflect libraries already.


compile "com.fasterxml.jackson.module:jackson-module-kotlin:2.11.+"




For any Kotlin class or data class constructor, the JSON property names will be inferred from the parameters using Kotlin runtime type information.

To use, just register the Kotlin module with your ObjectMapper instance:

val mapper = ObjectMapper().registerModule(KotlinModule())

or with the extension functions imported from import com.fasterxml.jackson.module.kotlin.*, one of:

val mapper = jacksonObjectMapper()
val mapper = ObjectMapper().registerKotlinModule()

A simple data class example:

import com.fasterxml.jackson.module.kotlin.*

data class MyStateObject(val name: String, val age: Int)

val mapper = jacksonObjectMapper()

val state = mapper.readValue<MyStateObject>(json)
// or
val state: MyStateObject = mapper.readValue(json)
// or
myMemberWithType = mapper.readValue(json)

All inferred types for the extension functions carry in full generic information (reified generics). Therefore using readValue() extension without the Class parameter will reify the type and automatically create a TypeReference for Jackson.


You can intermix non-field values in the constructor and JsonProperty annotation in the constructor. Any fields not present in the constructor will be set after the constructor call. An example of these concepts:

   class StateObjectWithPartialFieldsInConstructor(val name: String, @JsonProperty("age") val years: Int)    {
        @JsonProperty("address") lateinit var primaryAddress: String   // set after construction
        var createdDt: DateTime by Delegates.notNull()                // set after construction
        var neverSetProperty: String? = null                          // not in JSON so must be nullable with default

Note that using lateinit or Delegates.notNull() will ensure that the value is never null when read, while letting it be instantiated after the construction of the class.


  • The @JsonCreator annotation is optional unless you have more than one constructor that is valid, or you want to use a static factory method (which also must have platformStatic annotation). In these cases, annotate only one method as JsonCreator.
  • Serializing a member or top-level Kotlin class that implements Iterator requires a workaround, see Issue #4 for easy workarounds.
  • If using proguard:
    • kotlin.Metadata annotations may be stripped, preventing deserialization. Add a proguard rule to keep the kotlin.Metadata class: -keep class kotlin.Metadata { *; }
    • If you're getting java.lang.ExceptionInInitializerError, you may also need: -keep class kotlin.reflect.** { *; }

Support for Kotlin Built-in classes

These Kotlin classes are supported with the following fields for serialization/deserialization (and other fields are hidden that are not relevant):

  • Pair (first, second)
  • Triple (first, second, third)
  • IntRange (start, end)
  • CharRange (start, end)
  • LongRange (start, end)

(others are likely to work, but may not be tuned for Jackson)



Following developers have committer access to this project.

  • Author: Jayson Minard (@apatrida) wrote this module; still helps issues from time to time
  • Active Maintainers:
    • Drew Stephens (@dinomite)
    • Vyacheslav Artemyev (@viartemev)
  • Co-maintainers:
    • Tatu Saloranta (@cowtowncoder)

You may at-reference them as necessary but please keep in mind that all maintenance work is strictly voluntary (no one gets paid to work on this or any other Jackson components) so there is no guarantee for timeliness of responses.

All Pull Requests should be reviewed by at least one of active maintainers; bigger architectural/design questions should be agreed upon by majority of active maintainers (at this point meaning both Drew and Vyacheslav :) ).

Releases & Branches

This module follows the release schedule of the rest of Jackson—the current version is consistent across all Jackson components & modules. See the jackson-databind README for details.