Reading json data in non-streaming way (object model)

We can read a json file and create an object model of it, using the ObjectMapper’s readTree api.

ObjectMapper class is responsible for parsing the json file and create appropriate java objects. It uses Jackson’s parsing feature internally for reading the json file.

They are many overloaded method of readTree available in ObjectMapper. In this example I will be using the api which accepts the File object as a parameter and returns an instance of JsonNode class as shown in line 17 of below code.

JsonNode is an abstract super class and its subclasses are used to represents different nodes in json file.

Below is an example of reading json file and creating an object model of it.

Main Code

1  package package10;
3  import;
4  import;
5  import java.util.Iterator;
6  import java.util.Map;
7  import java.util.Map.Entry;
9  import com.fasterxml.jackson.core.JsonProcessingException;
10 import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.JsonNode;
11 import com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper;
13 public class TreeModelDemo1 {
14  public static void main(String[] args) throws JsonProcessingException, IOException {
15      ObjectMapper objectMapper = new ObjectMapper();
16      File file = new File("jsondata.json");
17      JsonNode jsonNode = objectMapper.readTree(file);
18      Iterator iterator = jsonNode.fields();
19      while(iterator.hasNext()) {
20          Map.Entry entry =;
21          System.out.println(entry.getKey() + ":" + entry.getValue() + ":" + entry.getValue().getNodeType().name());
22      }
23  }
24 }


Once we obtain an instance of JsonNode, a top node which represents the top level object field in json. We can get all the other nodes as an iterator using the below method


This returns an iterator with key, value pair. Where key is the name of field in a json file and value is an instance of JsonNode.


“firstName”: “Duke”,
“lastName”: “Java”,
“age”: 18,
“streetAddress”: “100 Internet Dr”,
“city”: “JavaTown”,
“state”: “JA”,
“postalCode”: “12345”,
“phoneNumbers”: [
{ “Mobile”: “111-111-1111” },
{ “Home”: “222-222-2222” }


streetAddress:”100 Internet Dr”:STRING

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