Parse JSON in JavaScript? [duplicate]

Parse JSON in JavaScript? [duplicate]

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Safely turning a JSON string into an object

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I want to parse a JSON string in JavaScript. The response is something like
var response = ‘{“result”:true,”count”:1}’;

How can I get the values result and count from this?


Solution 1:

Most browsers support JSON.parse(), which is defined in ECMA-262 5th Edition (the specification that JavaScript is based on). Its usage is simple:

var json = '{"result":true,"count":1}',
    obj = JSON.parse(json);


/* or ES6 */

const json = '{"result":true,"count":1}' || {};
const { result, count } = JSON.parse(json);

For the browsers that don’t you can implement it using json2.js.

As noted in the comments, if you’re already using jQuery, there is a $.parseJSON function that maps to JSON.parse if available or a form of eval in older browsers. However, this performs additional, unnecessary checks that are also performed by JSON.parse, so for the best all round performance I’d recommend using it like so:

var json = '{"result":true,"count":1}',
    obj = JSON && JSON.parse(json) || $.parseJSON(json);

This will ensure you use native JSON.parse immediately, rather than having jQuery perform sanity checks on the string before passing it to the native parsing function.

Solution 2:

First of all, you have to make sure that the JSON code is valid.

After that, I would recommend using a JavaScript library such as jQuery or Prototype if you can because these things are handled well in those libraries.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to use a library and you can vouch for the validity of the JSON object, I would simply wrap the string in an anonymous function and use the eval function.

This is not recommended if you are getting the JSON object from another source that isn’t absolutely trusted because the eval function allows for renegade code if you will.

Here is an example of using the eval function:

var strJSON = '{"result":true,"count":1}';
var objJSON = eval("(function(){return " + strJSON + ";})()");

If you control what browser is being used or you are not worried people with an older browser, you can always use the JSON.parse method.

This is really the ideal solution for the future.

Solution 3:

If you are getting this from an outside site it might be helpful to use jQuery’s getJSON. If it’s a list you can iterate through it with $.each

$.getJSON(url, function (json) {
    $.each(json.list, function (i, fb) {

Solution 4:

If you want to use JSON 3 for older browsers, you can load it conditionally with:

    window.JSON || 
    document.write('<script src="//"><\/scr'+'ipt>');

Now the standard window.JSON object is available to you no matter what browser a client is running.

Solution 5:

The following example will make it clear:

var jsontext   = '{"name":"x","age":"11"}';
var getContact = JSON.parse(jsontext);
document.write( + ", " + getContact.age);

// Output: x, 11


You can also use the eval function. The following example is using the eval function:

var jsontext   = '{"name":"x","age":"11"}';
var getContact = eval('(' + jsontext + ')');
document.write( + ", " + getContact.age);

// Output: x, 11

Since the JSON.parse function is more secure and executes faster than the eval function, I recommend you to use JSON.parse function.

Solution 6:

If you pass a string variable (a well-formed JSON string) to JSON.parse from MVC @Viewbag that has doublequote, ‘”‘, as quotes, you need to process it before JSON.parse (jsonstring)

    var jsonstring = '@ViewBag.jsonstring';
    jsonstring = jsonstring.replace(/&quot;/g, '"');