Martin08 Martin08 - 2 months ago 8
Java Question

How to serialize a non-serializable in Java?

How can I serialize an object that does not implement Serializable? I cannot mark it Serializable because the class is from a 3rd party library.

Answer

You can't serialise a class that doesn't implement Serializable, but you can wrap it in a class that does. To do this, you should implement readObject and writeObject on your wrapper class so you can serialise its objects in a custom way.

  • First, make your non-serialisable field transient.
  • In writeObject, first call defaultWriteObject on the stream to store all the non-transient fields, then call other methods to serialise the individual properties of your non-serialisable object.
  • In readObject, first call defaultReadObject on the stream to read back all the non-transient fields, then call other methods (corresponding to the ones you added to writeObject) to deserialise your non-serialisable object.

I hope this makes sense. :-)

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