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Open JSON File

Files with File Extension JSON store Javascript structured information. The data in JSON files is structured in a way it makes it very easy to read from Javascript and other software languages. In a way JSON is similar to XML files but instead of storing document structure using XML tags, JSON uses name:value pairs for this purpose. If you open JSON file you will see that most of its data consists of pairs of strings delimited by colon. First string in such pair represents name of the data item and second string represents value assigned to this data item.

Besides pairs of keys and assigned values JSON can also store arrays of data. Array represents set of data which is grouped by a certain criterion. For example, you can group city, state, street, house number in one array and call it address. An example of such array in JSON notation would be following.

{ "address" : { "city": "city name", "state": "state name", "street": "street name", "house number": "value"}}

In the example above "address" is an array which consists of 4 elements: city, state, street and house number. So if you have some application which uses JSON files to fill forms it can easily interpret JSON file above to fill all fields for an address part of the form.

If you'd like to view JSON file you can just open them with any text editor. JSON files are not compressed and you can always see and understand what is inside. To open JSON files in an easier to read and view display format you can use some online viewers or development application like XCode or Microsoft Visual Studio.

JSON File Supported Data Types

JSON file format supports following data types:

  • Number
  • Integer
  • String
  • Object
  • Array

Even though number of data types seems to be limited, it is possible to express most of the types of information used nowadays using JSON file format. You can encode whole databases using JSON. For some datatypes it is may not be the most effective, but flexibility and text format of JSON file allows it to be opened on multitude of different devices without conversion.

Converting JSON File to CSV

It is not possible to convert any type of JSON file to CSV since JSON format allows to encode significantly more complex data structures than CSV file format allows. Still for certain straightforward cases when JSON to CSV conversion is possible. For such cases you can use JSON to CSV converter like

JSON Formatting and Beautifying

Frequently, JSON files are delivered with tabulation and spaces removed. It is quite hard to read information stored in JSON file in such format. To fix this issue JSON formatting could be applied. Formatting will apply correct tabulation and spacing to JSON elements to make it look easy to read and comprehend its structure. For example, you can format JSON online using JSON formatter tool.

How Can I Open JSON File on Windows

How Can I Open JSON File on Mac OS

How Can I Open JSON File on Android

If you downloaded a JSON file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:

How to Open JSON File on iPhone or iPad

To open JSON File on iOS device follow steps below:

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