yo_haha yo_haha - 3 months ago 27x
JSON Question

How can I replace a Java Jackson TextNode by another one (update)?

My goal is to update some textual fields in a JsonNode.

List<JsonNode> list = json.findValues("fieldName");
for(JsonNode n : list){
// n is a TextNode. I'd like to change its value.

I don't see how this could be done. Do you have any suggestion?


The short answer is: you can't. TextNode does not expose any operations that allows you to alter the contents.

With that being said, you can easily traverse the nodes in a loop or via recursion to get the desired behaviour. Imagine the following:

public class JsonTest {
    public static void change(JsonNode parent, String fieldName, String newValue) {
        if (parent.has(fieldName)) {
            ((ObjectNode) parent).put(fieldName, newValue);

        // Now, recursively invoke this method on all properties
        for (JsonNode child : parent) {
            change(child, fieldName, newValue);

    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
        String json = "{ \"fieldName\": \"Some value\", \"nested\" : { \"fieldName\" : \"Some other value\" } }";
        ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
        final JsonNode tree = mapper.readTree(json);
        change(tree, "fieldName", "new value");

The output is:

{"fieldName":"new value","nested":{"fieldName":"new value"}}