Annotation Type JsonIgnore

public @interface JsonIgnore

Marker annotation that indicates that the annotated method or field is to be ignored by introspection-based serialization and deserialization functionality. That is, it should not be consider a "getter", "setter" or "creator".

For example, a "getter" method that would otherwise denote a property (like, say, "getValue" to suggest property "value") to serialize, would be ignored and no such property would be output unless another annotation defines alternative method to use.

This annotation works purely on method-by-method (or field-by-field) basis; annotation on one method or field does not imply ignoring other methods or fields. Specifically, marking a "setter" candidate does not change handling of matching "getter" method (or vice versa).

Annotation is usually used just a like a marker annotation, that is, without explicitly defining 'value' argument (which defaults to true): but argument can be explicitly defined. This can be done to override an existing JsonIgnore by explictly defining one with 'false' argument.

Annotation is similar to XmlTransient

Optional Element Summary
 boolean value
          Optional argument that defines whether this annotation is active or not.


public abstract boolean value
Optional argument that defines whether this annotation is active or not. The only use for value 'false' if for overriding purposes (which is not needed often); most likely it is needed for use with "mix-in annotations" (aka "annotation overrides"). For most cases, however, default value of "true" is just fine and should be omitted.