12.7. Using Serialization


You want to serialize a Scala class and save it as a file, or send it across a network.


The general approach is the same as Java, but the syntax to make a class serializable is different.

To make a Scala class serializable, extend the Serializable trait and add the @SerialVersionUID annotation to the class:

class Stock(var symbol: String, var price: BigDecimal)
extends Serializable {
  // code here ...

Because Serializable is a trait, you can mix it into a class, even if your class already extends another class:

class Employee extends Person with Serializable ...

After marking the class serializable, use the same techniques to write and read the objects as you did in Java, including the Java “deep copy” technique that uses serialization.


The following code demonstrates the proper approach. The comments in the code explain the process:

import java.io._

// create a serializable Stock class
class Stock(var symbol: String, var price: BigDecimal)
extends Serializable {
  override def toString = f"$symbol%s is ${price.toDouble}%.2f"

object SerializationDemo extends App {

  // (1) create a Stock instance
  val nflx = new Stock("NFLX", BigDecimal(85.00))

  // (2) write the instance out to a file
  val oos = new ObjectOutputStream(new FileOutputStream("/tmp/nflx"))

  // (3) read the object back in
  val ois = new ObjectInputStream(new FileInputStream("/tmp/nflx" ...

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