How to generate empty String values, " " using wsdlOptions for artifacts in CXF ?

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  • We are migration IBM Web integrations to Fuse integrations.
    In the IBM Web product it is possible in a Web Service response to add empty mandatory xml elements if they are not set, eg:
  • In Fuse we are using wsdl2java maven plugin to generate the Java code. Se the plugin example in attached pom file.
    Code generated with the plugin wsdl2java typically looks like this;
    This xsd definition:
<xsd:element minOccurs="1" name="beskrivning" type="xsd:string" ></xsd:element>

Generates this java code:

@XmlElement(required = true)
    protected String beskrivning;

  public String getBeskrivning() {
        return beskrivning;

    public void setBeskrivning(String value) {
        this.beskrivning = value;

Is it possible to use a wsdlOption or plugin for fields that are mandatory and of type String to generate getters that returns a default value of "".

Like this:

 public String getBeskrivning() {
         if(beskrivning == null){
              return "";
        return beskrivning;

Is there a way to accomplish this with wsdl2java?
We know that the best solution would be to fix the schemas to have minOccurs="0", but that is not possible right know.


  • Red Hat JBoss Fuse
    • 6.x
  • Apache CXF

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