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How to handle date in Json using Jackson api in java?

This page gives an example on how to serialize date object in Jackson json APIs. Lets see how the date object will be displayed in default case.

Note: Refer How to convert Java object to JSON string? page for dependent libraries.

Here is a simple Employee pojo, we will convert this pojo object to json string.

package com.java2novice.json.models;

import java.util.Date;

import org.codehaus.jackson.annotate.JsonProperty;
import org.codehaus.jackson.annotate.JsonPropertyOrder;

@JsonPropertyOrder({ "emp_id", "emp_name", "emp_designation", "department", "salary" })
public class Employee {

	private int empId;
	private String name;
	private String designation;
	private String department;
	private int salary;
	private Date doj;
	public String toString(){
		StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
		sb.append("\nempId: ").append(empId);
		sb.append("\nname: ").append(name);
		sb.append("\ndesignation: ").append(designation);
		return sb.toString();
	public int getEmpId() {
		return empId;
	public void setEmpId(int empId) {
		this.empId = empId;
	public String getName() {
		return name;
	public void setName(String name) { = name;
	public String getDesignation() {
		return designation;
	public void setDesignation(String designation) {
		this.designation = designation;
	public String getDepartment() {
		return department;
	public void setDepartment(String department) {
		this.department = department;
	public int getSalary() {
		return salary;
	public void setSalary(int salary) {
		this.salary = salary;

	public Date getDoj() {
		return doj;

	public void setDoj(Date doj) {
		this.doj = doj;

A sample code which converts an object to json value:

package com.java2novice.json.examples;

import java.util.Date;


import com.java2novice.json.models.Employee;

public class DateMapperExample {

	public static void main(String[] a){
		Employee emp = new Employee();
		emp.setName("Nataraj G");
		emp.setDoj(new Date());
		ObjectMapper mapperObj = new ObjectMapper();
		try {
			// get Employee object as a json string
			String jsonStr = mapperObj.writerWithDefaultPrettyPrinter().writeValueAsString(emp);
		} catch (IOException e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block

  "emp_id" : 1016,
  "emp_name" : "Nataraj G",
  "emp_designation" : "Accountant",
  "department" : "Accounting",
  "salary" : 40000,
  "doj" : 1434106944912

In the above json string the doj is displayed as number format 1434106944912 not as date format. To serialize date first you need to implement JsonSerializer as shown below:

package com.java2novice.json.util;

import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;

import org.codehaus.jackson.JsonGenerator;
import org.codehaus.jackson.JsonProcessingException;

public class DateSerializer extends JsonSerializer<Date>{

	public void serialize(Date dt, JsonGenerator jsonGen, SerializerProvider serProv) 
											throws IOException, JsonProcessingException {
		DateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
		String formattedDate = sdf.format(dt);

Now annotate your doj member in Employee class as shown below: This will solve the problem, you will get the date formate as specified in the above DateSerializer class.

	private Date doj;

  "emp_id" : 1016,
  "emp_name" : "Nataraj G",
  "emp_designation" : "Accountant",
  "department" : "Accounting",
  "salary" : 40000,
  "doj" : "2015-06-12 16:37:27"
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