Download JSON object as a file from browser

Download JSON object as a file from browser

I have the following code to let users download data strings in csv file.
exportData = ‘data:text/csv;charset=utf-8,’;
exportData += ‘some csv strings’;
encodedUri = encodeURI(exportData);
newWindow = window.open(encodedUri);

It works just fine that if client runs the code it generates blank page and starts downloading the data in csv file.
So I tried to do this with JSON object like
exportData = ‘data:text/json;charset=utf-8,’;
exportData += escape(JSON.stringify(jsonObject));
encodedUri = encodeURI(exportData);
newWindow = window.open(encodedUri);

But I see only a page with the JSON data displayed on it, not downloading it.
I went through some research and this one claims to work but I don’t see any difference to my code.
Am I missing something in my code?
Thanks for reading my question:)

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

This is how I solved it for my application:

HTML:
<a id="downloadAnchorElem" style="display:none"></a>

JS (pure JS, not jQuery here):

var dataStr = "data:text/json;charset=utf-8," + encodeURIComponent(JSON.stringify(storageObj));
var dlAnchorElem = document.getElementById('downloadAnchorElem');
dlAnchorElem.setAttribute("href",     dataStr     );
dlAnchorElem.setAttribute("download", "scene.json");
dlAnchorElem.click();

In this case, storageObj is the js object you want to store, and “scene.json” is just an example name for the resulting file.

This approach has the following advantages over other proposed ones:

  • No HTML element needs to be clicked
  • Result will be named as you want it
  • no jQuery needed

I needed this behavior without explicit clicking since I want to trigger the download automatically at some point from js.

JS solution (no HTML required):

  function downloadObjectAsJson(exportObj, exportName){
    var dataStr = "data:text/json;charset=utf-8," + encodeURIComponent(JSON.stringify(exportObj));
    var downloadAnchorNode = document.createElement('a');
    downloadAnchorNode.setAttribute("href",     dataStr);
    downloadAnchorNode.setAttribute("download", exportName + ".json");
    document.body.appendChild(downloadAnchorNode); // required for firefox
    downloadAnchorNode.click();
    downloadAnchorNode.remove();
  }

Solution 2:

Found an answer.

var obj = {a: 123, b: "4 5 6"};
var data = "text/json;charset=utf-8," + encodeURIComponent(JSON.stringify(obj));

$('<a href="data:' + data + '" download="data.json">download JSON</a>').appendTo('#container');

seems to work fine for me.

** All credit goes to @cowboy-ben-alman, who is the author of the code above **

Solution 3:

This would be a pure JS version (adapted from cowboy’s):

var obj = {a: 123, b: "4 5 6"};
var data = "text/json;charset=utf-8," + encodeURIComponent(JSON.stringify(obj));

var a = document.createElement('a');
a.href = 'data:' + data;
a.download = 'data.json';
a.innerHTML = 'download JSON';

var container = document.getElementById('container');
container.appendChild(a);

http://jsfiddle.net/sz76c083/1

Solution 4:

The following worked for me:

/* function to save JSON to file from browser
* adapted from http://bgrins.github.io/devtools-snippets/#console-save
* @param {Object} data -- json object to save
* @param {String} file -- file name to save to 
*/
function saveJSON(data, filename){

    if(!data) {
        console.error('No data')
        return;
    }

    if(!filename) filename = 'console.json'

    if(typeof data === "object"){
        data = JSON.stringify(data, undefined, 4)
    }

    var blob = new Blob([data], {type: 'text/json'}),
        e    = document.createEvent('MouseEvents'),
        a    = document.createElement('a')

    a.download = filename
    a.href = window.URL.createObjectURL(blob)
    a.dataset.downloadurl =  ['text/json', a.download, a.href].join(':')
    e.initMouseEvent('click', true, false, window, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, false, false, false, false, 0, null)
    a.dispatchEvent(e)
}

and then to call it like so

saveJSON(myJsonObject, "saved_data.json");

Solution 5:

You could try using:

  • the native JavaScript API’s Blob constructor and
  • the FileSaver.js saveAs() method

No need to deal with any HTML elements at all.

var data = {
    key: 'value'
};
var fileName = 'myData.json';

// Create a blob of the data
var fileToSave = new Blob([JSON.stringify(data)], {
    type: 'application/json',
    name: fileName
});

// Save the file
saveAs(fileToSave, fileName);

If you wanted to pretty print the JSON, per this answer, you could use:

JSON.stringify(data,undefined,2)

Solution 6:

I recently had to create a button that would download a json file of all values of a large form. I needed this to work with IE/Edge/Chrome. This is what I did:

function download(text, name, type)
    {
        var file = new Blob([text], {type: type});
        var isIE = /*@cc_on!@*/false || !!document.documentMode;
        if (isIE)
        {
            window.navigator.msSaveOrOpenBlob(file, name);
        }
        else
        {
            var a = document.createElement('a');
            a.href = URL.createObjectURL(file);
            a.download = name;
            a.click();
        }
     }

download(jsonData, 'Form_Data_.json','application/json');

There was one issue with filename and extension in edge but at the time of writing this seemed to be a bug with Edge that is due to be fixed.

Hope this helps someone