Converting json (GSON) object to json array, put into list

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My server returns JSON like this:

    "name": "test",
    "enabled": true

Which I read in as a string:

String json = <get server response here>;

// Get json as object
Group group = new Gson().fromJson(json, Group.class);

Instead, I want to convert the object to an array, so I get something like this instead:

        "name": "group",
        "enabled": true

And then get a list of the objects, like:

List<Group> groups = <something here, not sure what>;

How would this be done?

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jsonarray or a normal array

@VishalSharma Json array

BTW, it literally says how to do lists in the Gson's Javadoc.

2 Answers


You can use an array of Group objects as the target type. Try this:

Group[] groups = new Gson().fromJson(json, Group[].class);

Gson (and Java in general) has issues with type erasure. That means that you can't pass the class of List<Group> to the method, just List.class. Therefore, it won't know that the elements of the list are supposed to be Group's. Using the array class will provide Gson everything it needs to convert them.

If you truly need the result as a List<Group>, you can use Arrays.asList:

Group[] array = new Gson().fromJson(json, Group[].class);
List<Group> groups = Arrays.asList(array);

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You can use this approach to deserialize the json into a list:

List<Group> groups = gson.fromJson(json, new TypeToken<List<Group>>(){}.getType());

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