how to serialize/deserialize arrayList(Object)

I have an ArrayList<ItemList>

where ItemList is:

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  • public class ItemList {
        public ArrayList<Item> it = new ArrayList<Item>();
        public String name = "";
        public ItemList() {

    and Item is:

    public class Item {
        public String name = "";
        public int count = 0;
        public Item() {

    I try to serialize this list:

    try {
                FileOutputStream fileOut = new FileOutputStream(sdDir + serFile);
                ObjectOutputStream out = new ObjectOutputStream(fileOut);
            } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
            } catch (IOException e) {

    I think it’s work, becouse I find this file in folder.

    But I can’t deserialize from file to ArrayList<ItemList>


            try {
                FileInputStream fileIn = new FileInputStream(sdDir + serFile);
                ObjectInputStream in = new ObjectInputStream(fileIn);
                List_Of_Lists = (ArrayList<ItemList>) in.readObject(); 
                Log.i("palval", "dir.exists()");
            } catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {
            } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
            } catch (IOException e) {

    How I can deserialize this ArrayList<ItemList>?
    I always catch IOException.

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  • 3 Solutions collect form web for “how to serialize/deserialize arrayList(Object)”

    Your Item and ItemList classes needs to implements Serializable

    if you have made subclass then add serializabe method to parent class it will remove the error.

    I am assuming you have serialized the ItemList not the Item…..

    ArrayList<ItemList> arr = (ArrayList<ItemList>) in.readObject();
    for (ItemList a : arr) 
            // In this loop by iterating arr, you will get the whole List of ItemList
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