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Generates JAX-WS portable artifacts that can be packaged in a web application archive (WAR) file and provides an Ant task.


wsimport [ options ] wsdl


The command-line options. See Options.


The file that contains the machine-readable description of how the web service can be called, what parameters it expects, and what data structures it returns.


The wsimport command generates the following JAX-WS portable artifacts. These artifacts can be packaged in a WAR file with the WSDL and schema documents and the endpoint implementation to be deployed. The wsimport command also provides a wsimport Ant task, see the Tools tab of the Wsimport Ant Task page at

  • Service Endpoint Interface (SEI)

  • Service

  • Exception class is mapped from wsdl:fault (if any)

  • Async Response Bean is derived from response wsdl:message (if any)

  • JAXB generated value types (mapped java classes from schema types)

To start the wsgen command, do the following:

Oracle Solaris/Linux:

/bin/ -help


\bin\wsimport.bat -help


-d directory

Specifies where to place generated output files.

-b path

Specifies external JAX-WS or JAXB binding files. Multiple JAX-WS and JAXB binding files can be specified with the -b option. You can use these files to customize package names, bean names, and so on. For more information about JAX-WS and JAXB binding files, see the Users Guide tab of WSDL Customization at

-B jaxbOption

Passes the jaxbOption option to the JAXB schema compiler.


Specifies a catalog file to resolve external entity references. The -catalog option supports the TR9401, XCatalog, and OASIS XML Catalog formats. See the Users Guide tab of the Catalog Support page at


Allows vendor extensions. Use of extensions can result in applications that are not portable or that do not work with other implementations.


Displays a help message for the wsimport command.

-httpproxy: host:port

Specifies an HTTP proxy server. The default is 8080.


Keeps generated files.

-p name

Specifies a target package name to override the WSDL and schema binding customizations, and the default algorithm defined in the specification.

-s directory

Specifies where to place generated source files.


Displays compiler messages.


Prints release information.

-wsdllocation location

Specifies the @WebServiceClient.wsdlLocation value.


Generates code according to the specified JAX-WS specification version. Version 2.0 generates compliant code for the JAX-WS 2.0 specification.


Suppresses the wsimport command output.

Multiple JAX-WS and JAXB binding files can be specified using the -b option, and they can be used to customize various things such as package names and bean names. More information about JAX-WS and JAXB binding files can be found in the customization documentation at

Nonstandard Options


Maps headers not bound to a request or response message to Java method parameters.

-Xauthfile file

The WSDL URI that specifies the file that contains authorization information. This URI is in the following format:



Prints debugging information.


Enables binding of W3C EndpointReferenceType to Java.


Does not compile the generated Java files.


The following example generates the Java artifacts and compiles the artifacts by importing

wsimport -p stockquote

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