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JAXB Compiler Options

The JAXB XJC schema binding compiler transforms, or binds, a source XML schema to a set of JAXB content classes in the Java programming language. The compiler, xjc, is provided in two flavors in the Application Server: (Solaris/Linux) and xjc.bat (Windows). Both and xjc.bat take the same command-line options. You can display quick usage instructions by invoking the scripts without any options, or with the -help switch. The syntax is as follows:

xjc [-options ...] schema

The xjc command line options are as follows:


Do not perform strict validation of the input schema or schemas. By default, xjc performs strict validation of the source schema before processing. Note that this does not mean the binding compiler will not perform any validation; it simply means that it will perform less-strict validation.


By default, the XJC binding compiler strictly enforces the rules outlined in the Compatibility chapter of the JAXB Specification. In the default (strict) mode, you are also limited to using only the binding customizations defined in the specification. By using the -extension switch, you will be allowed to use the JAXB Vendor Extensions.

-b file

Specify one or more external binding files to process. (Each binding file must have its own -b switch.) The syntax of the external binding files is extremely flexible. You may have a single binding file that contains customizations for multiple schemas or you can break the customizations into multiple bindings files. In addition, the ordering of the schema files and binding files on the command line does not matter.

-d dir

By default, xjc will generate Java content classes in the current directory. Use this option to specify an alternate output directory. The directory must already exist; xjc will not create it for you.

-p package

Specify an alternate output directory. By default, the XJC binding compiler will generate the Java content classes in the current directory. The output directory must already exist; the XJC binding compiler will not create it for you.

-proxy proxy

Specify the HTTP/HTTPS proxy. The format is [user[:password]@]proxyHost[:proxyPort]. The old -host and -port options are still supported by the Reference Implementation for backwards compatibility, but they have been deprecated.

-classpath arg

Specify where to find client application class files used by the <jxb:javaType> and <xjc:superClass> customizations.

-catalog file

Specify catalog files to resolve external entity references. Supports TR9401, XCatalog, and OASIS XML Catalog format. For more information, see the XML Entity and URI Resolvers document or examine the catalog-resolver sample application.


Force the XJC binding compiler to mark the generated Java sources read-only. By default, the XJC binding compiler does not write-protect the Java source files it generates.


Suppress the generation of package level annotations into **/ Using this switch causes the generated code to internalize those annotations into the other generated classes.


Treat input schemas as W3C XML Schema (default). If you do not specify this switch, your input schemas will be treated as W3C XML Schema.


Suppress compiler output, such as progress information and warnings.


Display a brief summary of the compiler switches.


Display the compiler version information.


Enable source location support for generated code.


Generate accessor methods with the synchronized keyword.


Mark the generated code with the -@javax.annotation.Generated annotation.