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Convert UUID to byte array and vice versa. Useful for when UUIDs are stored in MySQL tables as VARBINARY(16)
import java.nio.ByteBuffer;
import java.util.UUID;
public class UuidAdapter {
public static byte[] getBytesFromUUID(UUID uuid) {
ByteBuffer bb = ByteBuffer.wrap(new byte[16]);
return bb.array();
public static UUID getUUIDFromBytes(byte[] bytes) {
ByteBuffer byteBuffer = ByteBuffer.wrap(bytes);
Long high = byteBuffer.getLong();
Long low = byteBuffer.getLong();
return new UUID(high, low);
import junit.framework.Assert;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.springframework.test.context.ContextConfiguration;
import org.springframework.test.context.junit4.SpringJUnit4ClassRunner;
import org.springframework.test.context.transaction.TransactionConfiguration;
import tds.student.performance.dao.utils.UuidAdapter;
import java.util.UUID;
public class UuidAdapterTest {
public void should_Get_16_Bytes_From_a_UUID() {
UUID uuid = UUID.randomUUID();
byte[] result = UuidAdapter.getBytesFromUUID(uuid);
Assert.assertEquals("Expected result to be a byte array w/16 elements.", 16, result.length);
public void should_Reconstruct_Same_UUID_From_Byte_Array() {
UUID uuid = UUID.randomUUID();
byte[] bytes = UuidAdapter.getBytesFromUUID(uuid);
UUID reconstructedUuid = UuidAdapter.getUUIDFromBytes(bytes);
Assert.assertEquals(uuid, reconstructedUuid);
public void should_Not_Generate_the_Same_UUID_From_Bytes() {
UUID uuid = UUID.fromString("9f881758-0b4a-4eaa-b59f-b6dea0934223");
byte[] result = UuidAdapter.getBytesFromUUID(uuid);
UUID newUuid = UUID.nameUUIDFromBytes(result);
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Thank you, this is so useful!.

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Is this working for UUID version 4? The last Test failes for me.

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