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Java Deserializer for Rust

Java has a much maligned but still widely used Serialization mechanism. The serial stream produced follows the specification available from Oracle here (link is to Java 11 (latest LTS version at time of writing) but protocol hasn’t changed since 1.7).

This library enables that serial stream to be read in Rust applications.


A simple bean type Java class can be serialized using the builtin tools

public class Demo implements Serializable {
    private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
    private String message;
    private int i;
    public Demo(String message, int count) {
        this.message = message;
        this.i = count;
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        Demo d = new Demo("helloWorld", 42);
        try (FileOutputStream fos = new FileOutputStream("demo.obj", false);
                ObjectOutputStream oos = new ObjectOutputStream(fos);) {

We can read in the demo.obj file written as a rust struct

// Open the file written in Java
let sample = File::open("demo.obj").expect("File missing");
// Create a new parser to wrap the file
let mut parser = Parser::new(sample)?;
// read an object from the stream
let content =;
// the content read was a value (instead of raw data) and the value
// was an instance of an object. These methods would panic if the content
// was of a different type (equivalent to Option#unwrap).
let demo = content.value().object_data();
assert_eq!("Demo", demo.class_name());
assert_eq!(Some(JavaString("helloWorld".to_string())).as_ref(), demo.get_field("message"));
assert_eq!(Some(Primitive(Int(42))).as_ref(), demo.get_field("i"));

Reading into the raw data format is not often very user friendly so rust types can be read directly from the stream if they implement FromJava.

This is implemented for the primitive types and common types (boxed primitives, arrays, String). Custom types can uses these to implement FromJava themselves.

For example to read a string from an object stream

let mut parser = Parser::new(sample)?;
let string: String = parser.read_as()?;

Implemententing FromJava for custom types is very repetitive so a derive macro is provided with the derive feature to automatically generate implementations. Using the same Demo class from above this gives us

#[derive(Debug, FromJava)]
struct Demo {
    message: String,
    i: i32,

let mut parser = Parser::new(sample)?;
let demo: Demo = parser.read_as()?;
println!("{:#?}", demo);

// Output
// Demo {
//     message: "helloWorld",
//     i: 42,
// }



Utility for reading things from annotations


Object data representing serialized Java object


The main parser class



The content read from a stream.


Things that can go wrong when converting deserialized java objects into Rust entities


Overall error type for everything that can go wrong with Java deserialization


Java’s primitive value types in Rust form


Error for things that can go wrong with deserialization


The possible values written by Java’s serialization



Trait for structs that can be converted from a deserialized Java Value

Type Definitions


Result type for conversion process


Result type for deserialization process


Result type for all deserialization operations