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Jersey client dependencies for JAX-RS 2.1

Jersey is the reference implementation of JAX-RS 2.1. The following Jersey dependencies are required in order to run a JAX-RS 2.1 client with JSON-P and JSON-B mapping outside of an enterprise container.

Jersey client version 2.6 implements the JAX-RS 2.1 API. Following dependencies add the client runtime to a project:


If JSON objects should be mapped using JSON-P, the following dependency is required as well:


This already adds an implementation for JSON-P 1.1, namely Glassfish javax.json.

If JSON objects should be mapped using JSON-B, the following dependency is added instead of or additionally to the previous one:


This transitively adds the Yasson dependency, the reference implementation of JSON-B.

These dependencies enable the project to use the JAX-RS 2.1 client, together with JSON-P or JSON-B binding:

Client client = ClientBuilder.newClient();
WebTarget target = client

Response response = target.request(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON_TYPE).get();
JsonArray customers = response.readEntity(JsonArray.class);

response = target.path("123").request(MediaType.APPLICATION_JSON_TYPE).get();
Customer customer = response.readEntity(Customer.class);


public class Customer {

    private long id;
    private String name;

    // getters & setters

And for our Gradle users, here is the equivalent of the Maven declarations:

compile 'org.glassfish.jersey.core:jersey-client:2.26'
compile 'org.glassfish.jersey.inject:jersey-hk2:2.26'

compile 'org.glassfish.jersey.media:jersey-media-json-processing:2.26'
compile 'org.glassfish.jersey.media:jersey-media-json-binding:2.26'


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