JavaTM 2 Platform
Standard Ed. 5.0
Class EncodedKeySpec

  extended by
All Implemented Interfaces:
Direct Known Subclasses:
PKCS8EncodedKeySpec, X509EncodedKeySpec

public abstract class EncodedKeySpec
extends Object
implements KeySpec

This class represents a public or private key in encoded format.

See Also:
Key, KeyFactory, KeySpec, X509EncodedKeySpec, PKCS8EncodedKeySpec

Constructor Summary
EncodedKeySpec(byte[] encodedKey)
          Creates a new EncodedKeySpec with the given encoded key.
Method Summary
 byte[] getEncoded()
          Returns the encoded key.
abstract  String getFormat()
          Returns the name of the encoding format associated with this key specification.
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Constructor Detail


public EncodedKeySpec(byte[] encodedKey)
Creates a new EncodedKeySpec with the given encoded key.

encodedKey - the encoded key. The contents of the array are copied to protect against subsequent modification.
Method Detail


public byte[] getEncoded()
Returns the encoded key.

the encoded key. Returns a new array each time this method is called.


public abstract String getFormat()
Returns the name of the encoding format associated with this key specification.

If the opaque representation of a key (see Key) can be transformed (see KeyFactory) into this key specification (or a subclass of it), getFormat called on the opaque key returns the same value as the getFormat method of this key specification.

a string representation of the encoding format.

JavaTM 2 Platform
Standard Ed. 5.0

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