How to parse JSON in JavaScript

How to parse JSON in JavaScript

It is very likely for you to deal with JSON as a web developer. One everyday use case is parsing JSON in JavaScript and handling errors. Let's learn.

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What is JSON?

JSON, also known as JavaScript Object Notation, is a text-based data exchange format. It is a collection of key-value pairs with a few rules to keep in mind,

  • The key must be a string type and enclosed in double-quotes.
  • The value can be of any type, String, Boolean, Number, Object, Array, and null.
  • A colon separates the key-value pair (:).
  • Multiple key-value pairs are separated by a comma(,).
  • All the key-value pairs must be enclosed within the curly braces({...})
  • You can not use comments(like /.../ or //...) in JSON.

Alright, with all that, let us see an example of JSON,

    "name": "Ravi K",
    "age": 32,
    "city": "Bangalore"

How to Parse JSON in JavaScript?

We need to use the JSON.parse() method in JavaScript to parse a valid JSON string in a JavaScript Object.

const employee = `{
    "name": "Ravi K",
    "age": 32,
    "city": "Bangalore"

const employeeObj = JSON.parse(employee);

The output is a JavaScript Object,

JS Employee OBJ

How to Handle a Parsing Error?

When you parse a JSON text, you are likely to encounter a parsing error like this,

Parsing Error

It is mainly because the JSON is not a valid one. You must have missed one of the rules we have discussed above. Also, you are likely to forget to enclose the JSON text in a single quote('') or backtick(``) while assigned to a variable in JavaScript.

When you encounter such errors, please validate your JSON with a JSON Linter.

That's all for now. I hope you find this article helpful.

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