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[Avro] Incompatibility with Avro >=1.9.0

See original GitHub issue

Avro version 1.9.0 was released last month ( and my team has run in to compatibility issues between jackson-dataformat-avro and this latest release.

In particular, it looks to be the case that Avro has switched from Codehaus Jackson to FasterXML Jackson, which results in NoSuchMethodError thrown when accessing utility methods.

The following test exposes the issue:

    public void beanShouldBeSerializableAsAvroBinaryAndDeserializable() throws Exception {
        TestBean testBean = new TestBean();

        AvroMapper avroMapper = new AvroMapper();

        AvroSchema avroSchema = avroMapper.schemaFor(TestBean.class);

        ByteArrayOutputStream outputStream = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
        avroMapper.writer().with(avroSchema).writeValue(outputStream, testBean);

        byte[] serialized = outputStream.toByteArray();

        assertTrue(serialized.length > 0);

        TestBean deserialized = avroMapper.readerFor(TestBean.class).with(avroSchema).readValue(serialized);

        assertEquals(testBean, deserialized);

    public static final class TestBean {

        private String data;

        public boolean equals(Object o) {
            if (this == o)
                return true;
            if (o == null || getClass() != o.getClass())
                return false;
            TestBean testBean = (TestBean) o;
            return Objects.equals(data,;

        public int hashCode() {
            return Objects.hash(data);

        public String getData() {
            return data;

        public void setData(String data) {
   = data;

This test passes on v1.8.2 of Avro, but fails with v1.9.0 on the following:

java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: org.apache.avro.util.internal.JacksonUtils.toObject(Lorg/codehaus/jackson/JsonNode;)Ljava/lang/Object;

	at com.fasterxml.jackson.dataformat.avro.schema.RecordVisitor.schemaFieldForWriter(
	at com.fasterxml.jackson.dataformat.avro.schema.RecordVisitor.optionalProperty(
	at com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ser.BeanPropertyWriter.depositSchemaProperty(
	at com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ser.std.BeanSerializerBase.acceptJsonFormatVisitor(
	at com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ser.DefaultSerializerProvider.acceptJsonFormatVisitor(
	at com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper.acceptJsonFormatVisitor(
	at com.fasterxml.jackson.databind.ObjectMapper.acceptJsonFormatVisitor(
	at com.fasterxml.jackson.dataformat.avro.AvroMapper.schemaFor(

Note that we are using com.fasterxml.jackson.dataformat:jackson-dataformat-avro:2.9.9

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 4 years ago
  • Comments:35 (19 by maintainers)

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Sage-Piercecommented, Jul 6, 2020

FWIW, @baharclerode the issue you brought up about nested class name deserialization breaking with Avro [1.9.0, 1.10.0) may have been fixed in ~1.10.0~ (actually, looks like it may not have gotten in to 1.10.0) by this PR

Fokkocommented, Feb 19, 2020

Could you check if this is still the case with Apache Avro 1.9.2? Would love to help here.

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