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YAML is a data serialization format designed for human readability and interaction with scripting languages.

SnakeYAML is a YAML 1.1 processor for the Java Virtual Machine version 7. For YAML 1.2 (which is a superset of JSON) you may have a look at SnakeYAML Engine

SnakeYAML features

  • a complete YAML 1.1 processor. (If you need YAML 1.2 support have a look here). In particular, SnakeYAML can parse all examples from the specification.
  • Unicode support including UTF-8/UTF-16 input/output.
  • high-level API for serializing and deserializing native Java objects.
  • support for all types from the YAML types repository.
  • relatively sensible error messages.