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Programming language: Java
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 only
Tags: Networking    
Latest version: v2.0.1

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Java library for representing, parsing and encoding URNs as specified in RFC 2141 and RFC 8141.

The initial URN RFC 2141 of May 1997 was superseeded by RFC 8141 in April 2017. RFC 8141 added support for path characters and optional request, query and fragment parts. While URNs look very similiar to URIs and are somewhat related, different equality rules apply for URNs in regard to URN character encoding rules. Also some synactic rules about case-insensitivity are actually to be defined by the implementing system handling the URNs.

This library provides classes for representing, parsing and constructing an Uniform Resource Name (URN) and its parts Namespace Identifier (NID), Namespace Specific String (NSS) and optional Resolution, Query and Fragment components (RQF). If you don't need RFC 2141 URNs explicitly, always use RFC 8141 URNs because that is the current valid specification and RFC 8141 is backward compatible to RFC 2141.

Further it defines and interface de.slub.urn.URNResolver for URN resolving implementations.

The library is compiled for Java 7.


import de.slub.urn.URN;
import de.slub.urn.URNSyntaxError;
import de.slub.urn.URN_8141;

import static de.slub.urn.RFC.RFC_8141;

class Demo {
    public void foo() throws URNSyntaxException {
        // Create a RFC 2141 compliant URN (not recommended)
        URN urn1 = URN.rfc2141().parse("urn:examle:1234");

        // Create a RFC 8141 compliant URN (recommended)
        URN urn2 = URN.rfc8141().parse("urn:examle:foo/1234?=cq=cz#bar");

        // Access fragment part of a supposedly RFC 8141 compliant URN
        if (urn2.supports(RFC_8141)) {
            String fragment = ((URN_8141) urn2).getRQFComponents().fragment();

Where to find releases?

The master branch of the repository contains the latest developments. Releases are tagged. There are two ways of getting releases of this library. Binaries are obtained through Maven dependencies. Sources via the GitHub Releases download section.

The recommended way is by declaring a dependency, for example in your projects POM file:



The source code is under [GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE, Version 3] (or later) as stated in the source file headers. So if you want to use the source code or a changed version, the source code and the source code using it is automatically licensed under this license.

The binaries (JAR artifacts) however are licensed under The Apache License, Version 2.0 and can be used in commercial products without any licensing changes to that product.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the urnlib README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.