Developing JAXB Applications Using EclipseLink MOXy, Release 2.7
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Bootstrapping from XML Schema (XSD)

With EclipseLink MOXy, you can provide an existing XML schema from which to create a DynamicJAXBContext. EclipseLink will parse the schema and generate DynamicTypes for each complex type. This is achieved by use of the DynamicJAXBContextFactory class. A DynamicJAXBContext cannot be instantiated directly; it must be created through the factory API.

You can pass the XML Schema to DynamicJAXBContextFactory by using:


EclipseLink MOXy uses Sun's XJC (XML-to-Java Compiler) APIs to parse the schema into an in-memory representation and generate dynamic types and mappings. When bootstrapping from XSD, you will need to include jaxb-xjc.jar (from the JAXB reference implementation) on your CLASSPATH.

The APIs used to create a DynamicJAXBContext are as follows:

Example 9-4 Creating a DynamicJAXBContext

 * Create a DynamicJAXBContext, using XML Schema as the metadata source.
 * @param schemaStream
 * from which to read the XML Schema.
 * @param resolver
 *      An org.xml.sax.EntityResolver, used to resolve schema imports.  Can be null.
 * @param classLoader
 *      The application's current class loader, which will be used to first lookup
 *      classes to see if they exist before new DynamicTypes are generated.  Can be
 *      null, in which case Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader() will be used.
 * @param properties
 *      Map of properties to use when creating a new DynamicJAXBContext.  Can be null.
 * @return
 *      A new instance of DynamicJAXBContext.
 * @throws JAXBException
 *      if an error was encountered while creating the DynamicJAXBContext.
public static DynamicJAXBContext createContextFromXSD( schemaStream, EntityResolver resolver,
   ClassLoader classLoader, Map<String, ?> properties) throws JAXBException
public static DynamicJAXBContext createContextFromXSD(org.w3c.dom.Node schemaDOM, EntityResolver resolver,
   ClassLoader classLoader, Map<String, ?> properties) throws JAXBException
public static DynamicJAXBContext createContextFromXSD(javax.xml.transform.Source schemaSource, EntityResolver resolver,
   ClassLoader classLoader, Map<String, ?> properties) throws JAXBException


The classLoader parameter is your application's current class loader, and will be used to first lookup classes to see if they exist before new DynamicTypes are generated. The user may pass in null for this parameter, and Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader() will be used instead.

This example shows how to create and marshall a new object using Dynamic MOXy.

Example 9-5 Sample XML Schema

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema targetNamespace="example" xmlns:myns="example" xmlns:xs=""
    attributeFormDefault="qualified" elementFormDefault="qualified">
    <xs:element name="customer" type="myns:customer"/>
    <xs:complexType name="customer">
            <xs:element name="first-name" type="xs:string"/>
            <xs:element name="last-name" type="xs:string"/>
            <xs:element name="address" type="myns:address"/>
    <xs:complexType name="address">
            <xs:element name="street" type="xs:string"/>
            <xs:element name="city" type="xs:string"/>
            <xs:element name="province" type="xs:string"/>
            <xs:element name="postal-code" type="xs:string"/>

The code snippet in Example 9-6:

Example 9-6 Sample Application Code

InputStream inputStream = myClassLoader.getSystemResourceAsStream("example/resources/xsd/customer.xsd");
DynamicJAXBContext dContext = DynamicJAXBContextFactory.createContextFromXSD(inputStream, null, myClassLoader, null);
DynamicEntity newCustomer = dContext.newDynamicEntity("example.Customer");
newCustomer.set("firstName", "George");
newCustomer.set("lastName", "Jones");
DynamicEntity newAddress = dContext.newDynamicEntity("example.Address");
newAddress.set("street", "227 Main St.");
newAddress.set("city", "Toronto");
newAddress.set("province", "Ontario");
newAddress.set("postalCode", "M5V1E6");
newCustomer.set("address", newAddress);
dContext.createMarshaller().marshal(newCustomer, System.out);

Importing Other Schemas / EntityResolvers

If the XML schema that you use to bootstrap imports other schemas, you must configure an org.xml.sax.EntityResolver to resolve the locations of the imported schemas. You can then pass the EntityResolver to the DynamicJAXBContextFactory.

In Example 9-7, each type is defined in its own schema:

Example 9-7 Sample XML Schema

<!-- customer.xsd -->
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema xmlns:myns="example" xmlns:add="addressNamespace"
   xmlns:xs="" targetNamespace="example">
    <xs:import namespace="addressNamespace" schemaLocation="address.xsd"/>
    <xs:element name="customer" type="myns:customer"/>
    <xs:complexType name="customer">
            <xs:element name="first-name" type="xs:string"/>
            <xs:element name="last-name" type="xs:string"/>
            <xs:element name="address" type="add:address"/>

You must supply an EntityResolver implementation to resolve the location of the imported schema.

Example 9-8 illustrates the EntityResolver:

Example 9-8 Sample Application Code

class MyEntityResolver implements EntityResolver {
   public InputSource resolveEntity(String publicId, String systemId) throws SAXException, IOException {
      // Imported schemas are located in ext\appdata\xsd\
      // Grab only the filename part from the full path
      String filename = new File(systemId).getName();
      // Now prepend the correct path
      String correctedId = "ext/appdata/xsd/" + filename;
      InputSource is = new InputSource(ClassLoader.getSystemResourceAsStream(correctedId));
      return is;

When you create the DynamicJAXBContext, pass the EntityResolver to it, as shown here:

InputStream inputStream = ClassLoader.getSystemResourceAsStream("com/foo/sales/xsd/customer.xsd");
DynamicJAXBContext dContext = DynamicJAXBContextFactory.createContextFromXSD(inputStream, new MyEntityResolver(), null, null);

If you encounter the following exception when importing another schema:

Internal Exception: org.xml.sax.SAXParseException: schema_reference.4: Failed to read schema document '<imported-schema-name>', because 1) could not find the document; 2) the document could not be read; 3) the root element of the document is not <xsd:schema>.

You should disable XJC's schema correctness check option, either in code:

System.setProperty("", "true")

or from the command line:

Customizing Generated Mappings with XJC External Binding Customization Files

When bootstrapping from an XSD, you have the option to customize the mappings that will be generated through the use of XJC's External Binding Customization file format (.xjb). In the example below, the package name of the dynamic classes has been overridden, and the name attribute has been renamed to last-name-comma-first-name.

Example 9-9 custom1.xjb File

<jxb:bindings version="1.0" xmlns:jxb="" xmlns:xs="">
    <jxb:bindings schemaLocation="employee.xsd" node="/xs:schema">
        <!-- Customize the package name that is generated for each schema -->
            <jxb:package name="com.acme.internal"/>
        <!-- Rename the 'name' element to 'last-name-comma-first-name' -->
        <jxb:bindings node="//xs:complexType[@name='person']">
            <jxb:bindings node=".//xs:element[@name='name']">
                <jxb:property name="last-name-comma-first-name"/>

For complete information on the External Binding Customization file format, please see


If you wish to use External Binding Customization files, you will need to use Source objects to point to your XML Schema. Sources are used to load the .xjb files as well, and they must all have the same System ID set.

Example 9-10 illustrates bootstrapping from an XSD, and customizing the mapping generation using two separate .xjb files.

Example 9-10 Bootstrapping Example

ClassLoader classLoader = Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader();
String xsd = "example/resources/xsd/employee.xsd";
String xjb1 = "example/resources/xsd/custom1.xjb";
String xjb2 = "example/resources/xsd/custom2.xjb";
InputStream xsdStream = classLoader.getSystemResourceAsStream(xsd);
Source xsdSource = new StreamSource(xsdStream);
// Set SYSTEM_ID to the filename part of the XSD
InputStream xjbStream = classLoader.getResourceAsStream(xjb1);
Source xjbSource = new StreamSource(xjbStream);
// Set SYSTEM_ID to be the same as the XSD
InputStream xjbStream2 = classLoader.getResourceAsStream(xjb2);
Source xjbSource2 = new StreamSource(xjbStream2);
// Set SYSTEM_ID to be the same as the XSD
ArrayList<Source> xjbFiles = new ArrayList<Source>(2);
// Put XSD and XJBs into Properties
Map<String, Object> properties = new HashMap<String, Object>();
properties.put(DynamicJAXBContextFactory.XML_SCHEMA_KEY, xsdSource);
properties.put(DynamicJAXBContextFactory.EXTERNAL_BINDINGS_KEY, xjbFiles);
// Create Context
DynamicJAXBContext jaxbContext = (DynamicJAXBContext) JAXBContext.newInstance("example", classLoader, properties);

The value of EXTERNAL_BINDINGS_KEY can be either a single Source or a List<Source>, pointing to your External Binding Customization file(s).