Convert JSON to String in Java

1. Overview

Converting JSON objects to String representations is a common task in web-based applications. For Java developers, the Jackson library is a powerful tool that makes JSON processing simple. In this guide, we will use the Jackson library to convert a user object from a User Management System into a JSON string.

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2. Development Steps

1. Set up a new Maven project.

2. Add Jackson data binding dependencies.

3. Define the User Java class.

4. Use ObjectMapper to serialize (convert) the User object to a JSON string.

3. Create a Maven Project

There are different ways to create a simple Maven project:

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4. Maven Dependencies

Open the pom.xml file, and add the following Jackson data binding dependency:

5. Code Program

import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;
class User {
    private String id;
    private String name;
    // Standard getters, setters, and constructor omitted for brevity
    public String toString() {
        return "User [id=" + id + ", name=" + name + "]";
public class MainApp {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        User user = new User();
        user.setName("John Doe");
        ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();
        String jsonString = "";
        try {
            jsonString = objectMapper.writeValueAsString(user);
        } catch (Exception e) {


{"id":"1","name":"John Doe"}

Code Explanation:

1. The User class represents a user entity with fields for ID and name.

2. In the MainApp class, we initialize a new User object and set its properties.

3. The ObjectMapper class from the Jackson library is used for JSON processing. Here, we use its writeValueAsString() method to convert the User object into a JSON-formatted string.

4. The resulting JSON string is then printed to the console.

6. Conclusion

Converting Java objects into JSON strings is a fundamental operation in many web and application scenarios. Jackson's ObjectMapper provides a seamless method to achieve this, ensuring data can be easily shared and processed across different parts of an application or with external systems.

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