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Retrofit Jackson

In this tutorial you will learn how to download data via Retrofit and parse it using the Jackson Kotlin module.

What is Jackson?

Jackson is a always tagged as "the Java JSON library" or simply as "JSON for Java".

It is a suite of data-processing tools for Java (and the JVM platform), including the flagship streaming JSON parser / generator library, matching data-binding library (POJOs to and from JSON) and additional data format modules to process data encoded in Avro, BSON, CBOR, CSV, Smile, Java Properties, Protobuf, TOML, XML or YAML; and even the large set of data format modules to support data types of widely used data types such as Guava, Joda, PCollectionsnand many, many more .

Read more the Jackson Project FAQ.

Example 1: Kotlin Android Retrofit Jackson Example

Here is a simple example. Here is the image screenshot:

Kotlin Android Retrofit Jackson Example

Step 1: Create Project

Start by creating an empty Android Studio project.

Step 2: Dependencies

Here are the dependencies you will need:

    implementation "com.squareup.retrofit2:retrofit:$retrofitVersion"
    implementation "androidx.recyclerview:recyclerview:$supportVer"
    implementation "androidx.cardview:cardview:$supportVer"
    implementation "com.squareup.picasso:picasso:$picassoVersion"
    implementation "com.squareup.retrofit2:converter-jackson:$retrofitJacksonConverter"

Included are the Retrofit, which is teh HTTP client, RecyclerView for rendering data, Picasso for downloading images and converter-jackson for deserializing JSON into Kotlin data classes.

Step : Create Model classes


import com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation.JsonProperty

data class MovieResult(
        @JsonProperty("page") var page: Int = 0, //1
        @JsonProperty("total_results") var totalResults: Int = 0, //19788
        @JsonProperty("total_pages") var totalPages: Int = 0, //990
        @JsonProperty("results") var results: List<Result> = listOf()

data class Result(
        @JsonProperty("vote_count") var voteCount: Int = 0, //6793
        @JsonProperty("id") var id: Int = 0, //198663
        @JsonProperty("video") var video: Boolean = false, //false
        @JsonProperty("vote_average") var voteAverage: Int = 0, //7
        @JsonProperty("title") var title: String = "", //The Maze Runner
        @JsonProperty("popularity") var popularity: Double = 0.0, //535.445142
        @JsonProperty("poster_path") var posterPath: String = "", ///coss7RgL0NH6g4fC2s5atvf3dFO.jpg
        @JsonProperty("original_language") var originalLanguage: String = "", //en
        @JsonProperty("original_title") var originalTitle: String = "", //The Maze Runner
        @JsonProperty("genre_ids") var genreIds: List<Int> = listOf(),
        @JsonProperty("backdrop_path") var backdropPath: String = "", ///lkOZcsXcOLZYeJ2YxJd3vSldvU4.jpg
        @JsonProperty("adult") var adult: Boolean = false, //false
        @JsonProperty("overview") var overview: String = "", //Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
        @JsonProperty("release_date") var releaseDate: String = "" //2014-09-10

Step : Create API Interface


import com.developers.jacksonkotlinmodule.model.MovieResult
import com.fasterxml.jackson.module.kotlin.jacksonObjectMapper
import retrofit2.Call
import retrofit2.Retrofit
import retrofit2.converter.jackson.JacksonConverterFactory
import retrofit2.http.GET
import retrofit2.http.Query

interface ApiInterface {
    fun getMovies(@Query("api_key") key: String,
                  @Query("page") page: Int): Call<MovieResult>

    companion object Factory {

        fun create(): ApiInterface {

            val retrofit = Retrofit.Builder()

            return retrofit.create(;



Step : Create Adapter


import androidx.recyclerview.widget.RecyclerView
import android.view.LayoutInflater
import android.view.View
import android.view.ViewGroup
import com.developers.jacksonkotlinmodule.R
import com.developers.jacksonkotlinmodule.model.Result
import com.squareup.picasso.Callback
import com.squareup.picasso.Picasso
import android.content.Context

class MovieAdapter(private val context: Context, private val resultList: List<Result>?)
    : RecyclerView.Adapter<MovieAdapter.MyViewHolder>() {

    override fun onBindViewHolder(holder: MyViewHolder, position: Int) {

    override fun getItemCount(): Int {
        return resultList?.size!!

    override fun onCreateViewHolder(parent: ViewGroup, viewType: Int): MyViewHolder {
        val view = LayoutInflater.from(context).inflate(R.layout.list_row, parent,
        return MyViewHolder(view)

    class MyViewHolder(itemView: View) : RecyclerView.ViewHolder(itemView) {

        fun bindItems(result: Result?) {
            itemView.movie_title.text = result?.title
            val posterUri = Uri.parse("").buildUpon()
            itemView.progress_bar.visibility = View.VISIBLE
                    .into(itemView.image_view_movie, object : Callback {

                        override fun onError() {
                            //Show Error here

                        override fun onSuccess() {
                            itemView.progress_bar.visibility = View.GONE


Step : Fetch and Render Movies


import android.os.Bundle
import androidx.recyclerview.widget.GridLayoutManager
import com.developers.jacksonkotlinmodule.adapter.MovieAdapter
import com.developers.jacksonkotlinmodule.model.MovieResult
import retrofit2.Call
import retrofit2.Callback
import retrofit2.Response
import java.util.logging.Logger

class MainActivity : AppCompatActivity() {

    companion object {
        val Log = Logger.getLogger(

    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        val apiCall = ApiInterface.create()
        apiCall.getMovies(BuildConfig.MOVIE_KEY, 1)
                .enqueue(object : Callback<MovieResult> {

                    override fun onResponse(call: Call<MovieResult>?, response: Response<MovieResult>?) {
              !![0].posterPath + " ")
                        val movieResponse = response.body()
                        val resultList = movieResponse?.results
                        val layoutManager = GridLayoutManager(applicationContext, 2)
                        val adapter = MovieAdapter(applicationContext, resultList)
                        movie_recycler_view.layoutManager = layoutManager
                        movie_recycler_view.adapter = adapter

                    override fun onFailure(call: Call<MovieResult>?, t: Throwable?) {



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