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Custom UA Enum Types in Java SDK


Creating your own enumeration type and using it the server is not as straight forward as it first seems, but it is not very complicated either. You just need to get it done right.

Here is a sample that creates the EnumType node and a respective instance of it, for example in the SampleConsoleServer:

private void createMyEnumNode() throws StatusException {
    // 1. Create the type node...

    NodeId myEnumTypeId = new NodeId(myNodeManager.getNamespaceIndex(),
    UaDataType myEnumType = new UaDataTypeNode(myNodeManager, myEnumTypeId,
            "MyEnumType", LocalizedText.NO_LOCALE);

    // ... as sub type of Enumeration
    UaType enumerationType = server.getNodeManagerRoot().getType(

    // 2. Add the EnumStrings property ...

    NodeId myEnumStringsId = new NodeId(myNodeManager.getNamespaceIndex(),
    PlainProperty enumStringsProperty = new PlainProperty(
            myNodeManager, myEnumStringsId, new QualifiedName("EnumStrings"),
            new LocalizedText("EnumStrings", LocalizedText.NO_LOCALE));
            .setArrayDimensions(new UnsignedInteger[] { UnsignedInteger.ZERO });

    // ... with Value

    // 3. Create the instance

    NodeId myEnumObjectId = new NodeId(myNodeManager.getNamespaceIndex(),
    PlainVariable myEnumObject = new PlainVariable(
            myNodeManager, myEnumObjectId, "MyEnumObject",

    // .. as a component of myDevice

    // 4. Initialize the value

And the respective enum type is then defined as
 * A sample enumeration type to be used with an OPC UA DataType.
 * OPC UA enum types are expected to be zero-based, i.e. the first element is
 * supposed to correspond to 0. getEnumStrings() here is coded so that it will
 * return null values, though, if not all int values are defined.
public enum MyEnumType implements Enumeration {
        One(1), Three(3), Two(2), Zero(0);

        public static EnumSet ALL = EnumSet.allOf(MyEnumType.class);
        public static EnumSet NONE = EnumSet.noneOf(MyEnumType.class);

        public static LocalizedText[] getEnumStrings() {
                MyEnumType[] values = MyEnumType.values();
                List enumStrings = new ArrayList(
                for (MyEnumType t : values) {
                        int index = t.getValue();
                        while (enumStrings.size() < (index + 1))
                        enumStrings.set(index, new LocalizedText(t.name(),
                return enumStrings.toArray(new LocalizedText[enumStrings.size()]);

        private int value;

        private MyEnumType(int value) {
                this.value = value;

         * (non-Javadoc)
         * @see org.opcfoundation.ua.builtintypes.Enumeration#getValue()
        public int getValue() {
                return value;
Jouni Aro

Jouni Aro

Chief Technology Officer

Email: jouni.aro@prosysopc.com

Expertise and responsibility areas: OPC & OPC UA product development, project work and customer support

Tags: Development, DataType, Information Models, OPC UA

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