Friday, May 11, 2007

How To Fix LinkageError when using JAXB with JDK 1.6

If you run across an error like this when trying to use JAXB:

java.lang.LinkageError: JAXB 2.0 API is being loaded from the bootstrap classloader, but this RI
(from jar:file:/somedirectory/jaxb-impl.jar!/com/sun/xml/bind/v2/model/impl/ModelBuilder.class) needs 2.1 API. Use the endorsed directory mechanism to place jaxb-api.jar in the bootstrap classloader. (See

It's actually a very simple fix, but painful enough to warrant a post. Put the jaxb-api.jar that you're trying to use into JDK_HOME/jre/lib/endorsed. If the endorsed directory doesn't exist, make it. This is apparently only a problem with JDK 1.6, not with JDK 1.5.