Jerry is a jQuery in Java. Jerry is a fast and concise Java Library that simplifies HTML document parsing, traversing and manipulating. Jerry is designed to change the way that you parse HTML content.

Jerry belongs to jodd-lagarto module and has no dependencies other than Jodd's.

What does Jerry code look like?

    import static jodd.jerry.Jerry.jerry;
    Jerry doc = jerry(html);
    doc.$("div#jodd p.neat").css("color", "red").addClass("ohmy");

How Jerry works?

We tried to keep Jerry API identical to jQuery as much as possible; in some cases you can simply copy some jQuery code and paste it in Java! Of course, some differences exist due to environments variation the code is executed in.

Creating document

In Java we do not have the document context as in browsers and javascript, so we need to create one first. To do that, simply pass HTML content to Jerry static factory method. That will create a root Jerry set, containing a Document root node of the parsed DOM tree.

Jerry.jerry(html) contains a set with just one node - root Document node of parsed HTML content. This is a starting point for Jerry usage.

What happens in the background is that Lagarto parser (default implementation: LagartoDOMBuilder) is invoked to build a DOM tree.

Jerry uses Lagarto DOM parser for parsing the content and building the DOM tree.

It is possible to set different implementation of DOM builder. Jerry itself is not responsible for parsing HTML and building the tree, it takes any DOM tree that is created by a DOM Builder.

Using CSS selectors

You can use most of standard CSS selectors and also most of the jQuery CSS selectors extensions. CSS selectors are supported by CSSelly.


As Jerry speaks Java, there are some differences in API made to make Jerry API more Java friendly. For example, css() method accepts an array of property/values, and not a single string.

        $("tr:last").css("background-color", "yellow", "fontWeight", "bolder");

Similarly, each() method receives a callback instance and it is not so fluent as in javascript;):

    doc.$("select option:selected").each(new JerryFunction() {
            public boolean onNode(Jerry $this, int index) {
                str.append($this.text()).append(' ');
                return true;

Unsupported stuff

As Jerry is all about static manipulation of HTML content, all jQuery methods and selectors that are related to any dynamic activity are not supported. This includes animations, Ajax calls, selectors that depends on CSS definitions…


Jerry provides some add-ons that does not exist in jQuery. First, there are few methods that return Node of given DOM tree (similar to javascript). Then there are some new methods that have more meaning in Java world. One of the functional new methods is the form() method. It collects all parameters for given form, allowing easy form handling. Here is an example:

    doc.form("#myform", new JerryFormHandler() {
        public void onForm(Jerry form, Map<String, String[]> parameters) {
            // process form and parameters


Jerry internally uses Lagarto DOM builder to parse input content and to produce HTML code. The builder is configurable and supports predefined parsing modes for HTML, XHTML and XML.

By default, Jerry uses the builder in HTML parsing mode. Here is an example how to change the predefined parsing mode:

    JerryParser jerryParser = Jerry.jerry();
    LagartoDOMBuilder domBuilder = (LagartoDOMBuilder) jerryParser.getDOMBuilder();
    // more configuration...
    Jerry jerry = jerryParser.parse(html);

All configuration and Lagarto DOM builder fine-tuning must be done before the parsing is executed.

Check all details about configuration and parsing modes for Lagarto, parser and DOM builder used by Jerry.