DOIP Client Library - Java Version

The Cordra software includes the reference implementation software for the DOIP v2 specification, as provided by the DONA Foundation. Much of this DOIP documentation is based on the documentation provided by the DONA Foundation.

The DOIP client software can be used to interact with Cordra’s DOIP Interface.


The DOIP client library can be included in your Gradle or Maven build files.


compile group: 'net.dona.doip', name: 'doip-sdk', version: '2.1.0'



The client library and its dependencies can also be found in the downloaded package in the following directories:



The DOIP client provides both TransportDoipClient, which includes Java classes that closely reflect the structures of the DOIP v2.0 specification, and DoipClient, which uses TransportDoipClient to expose a Java API that maps more directly with the conceptual usage of the DOIP with one Java method per basic operation, and one more for invoking any extended operation.

We only discuss the DoipClient here. Please build Javadoc for the Cordra software and refer to it for details on TransportDoipClient.


This client serves two purposes. First, it provides a Java API to invoke the basic operations as well as any extended operations, abstracting away the protocol-specific serialization details. And secondly, it uses an Identifier/Resolution mechanism, in particular the Handle System, to discover where to send DOIP requests at request time using the target Id of the digital object being interacted with. Additionally, the client maintains connection pools for the DOIP services being interacted with.

Constructing an instance of the DoipClient is done with a no-args constructor. There is no need to specify the IP address or port of the DOIP server to be communicated with as that information is discovered automatically when the request is made. However, should there be a need to explicitly instruct the client to communicate with a specific DOIP service, ServiceInfo can be optionally supplied with each request.

An example to create a digital object is shown below:

DoipClient client = new DoipClient();
AuthenticationInfo authInfo = new PasswordAuthenticationInfo("admin", "password");

DigitalObject dobj = new DigitalObject(); = "35.TEST/ABC";
dobj.type = "Document";
JsonObject content = new JsonObject();
content.addProperty("name", "example");
dobj.setAttribute("content", content);

Element el = new Element(); = "file"; = Files.newInputStream(Paths.get("/test.pdf"));
dobj.elements = new ArrayList<>();

ServiceInfo serviceInfo = new ServiceInfo("35.TEST/DOIPServer");

DigitalObject result = client.create(dobj, authInfo, serviceInfo);


The ServiceInfo contains information specifying where to send the request. This can be a handle that resolves to a handle record that contains a value for type 0.DOIP/ServiceInfo, the structure of which is defined in the DOIP specification. Alternatively, the ServiceInfo could directly contain the IP address, port and service id of the target service. In the above example a handle is supplied to direct the client to the service that the DigitalObject should be created at.

A call to retrieve a DigitalObject with identifier that resolves to the service information would look like this:

DigitalObject result = client.retrieve("35.TEST/ABC", authInfo);

Here, only the Id of the object is passed into the call and the ServiceInfo is discovered by the client. Other operations that apply to existing objects could be invoked without supplying ServiceInfo.

However, ServiceInfo can be supplied specifically as shown in the below example:

ServiceInfo serviceInfo = new ServiceInfo("35.TEST/DOIPServer", "", 8888);
DigitalObject result = client.retrieve("35.TEST/ABC", authInfo, serviceInfo);


Three classes are provided that can be used to send authentication information to the DOIP server.

  • PasswordAuthenticationInfo, which sends a username and password.
  • PrivateKeyAuthentictionInfo, which given a Privatekey, will generate and send a JSON Web Token (RFC 7519).
  • TokenAuthenticationInfo, which given a (any) token, will send it with the request.

Basic Operations

Methods are provided that support the 7 basic operations.

Operation Method name
0.DOIP/Op.Hello hello
0.DOIP/Op.Create create
0.DOIP/Op.Retrieve retrieve, retrieveElement
0.DOIP/Op.Update update
0.DOIP/Op.Delete delete
0.DOIP/ search, searchIds
0.DOIP/Op.ListOperations listOperations


DigitalObject is a Java class that represents the structure of a Digital Object as defined in the DOIP v2 specification. The DigitalObject Java class contains the id, type, attributes and elements. The create, update, retrieve and search methods make use of DigitalObject in their arguments and return types.


All of the basic operations use the method performOperation() internally. This method is made public (in a Java sense) such that you can send extended operations.

The performOperation method takes an InDoipMessage and returns a DoipClientResponse. These classes and their use are described in the Javadoc.