ArduinoJson: User Manual

Decoding JSON

Before writing any code, don’t forget to include the header:

#include <ArduinoJson.h>


Here an example that parse the string {"sensor":"gps","time":1351824120,"data":[48.756080,2.302038]}:

char json[] = "{\"sensor\":\"gps\",\"time\":1351824120,\"data\":[48.756080,2.302038]}";

// Step 1: Reserve memory space
StaticJsonBuffer<200> jsonBuffer;

// Step 2: Deserialize the JSON string
JsonObject& root = jsonBuffer.parseObject(json);

if (!root.success())
  Serial.println("parseObject() failed");

// Step 3: Retrieve the values
const char* sensor    = root["sensor"];
long        time      = root["time"];
double      latitude  = root["data"][0];
double      longitude = root["data"][1];

Step 1: Reserve memory space

Arduino JSON uses a preallocated memory pool to store the object tree, this is done by the StaticJsonBuffer.

Before continuing please read the page Arduino JSON memory model that explains everything you need to know about StaticJsonBuffer.

Step 2: Parse the JSON string

You invoke the JSON parser through the instance of StaticJsonBuffer. It exposes two functions for parsing JSON:

  1. parseArray() that returns a reference to a JsonArray
  2. parseObject() that returns a reference to a JsonObject

Let’s see an example. Say we want to parse {"sensor":"gps","time":1351824120,"data":[48.756080,2.302038]}, it’s an object so we call parseObject() as follows:

char json[] = "{\"sensor\":\"gps\",\"time\":1351824120,\"data\":[48.756080,2.302038]}";

JsonObject& root = jsonBuffer.parseObject(json);

As you can see parseObject() takes a char* as a parameter. Be careful, it’s not a const char*, the memory must be writable. Indeed, the parser will modify the string in two cases:

  1. to insert string endings (character \0),
  2. to translate escaped characters (like \n or \t).

Another thing that you must keep in mind is that the string (char json[] in the example above) must stay in memory during the whole parsing process. That is because the in memory object tree will store pointer to chunks of the string, so as to avoid any memory duplication.

Now, to check if the parsing was successful, you can call JsonObject::success():

if (!root.success())
    // Parsing fail

The result can be false for three reasons:

  1. the JSON string is invalid,
  2. the JSON string doesn’t represent an object,
  3. the StaticJsonBuffer is too small.

We just saw how to parse an object, there is nothing more to say for arrays, the procedure is exactly the same.

Step 3: Retrieve the values

Now that the object or array is in memory, you can extract the data very easily.

In this section, we’ll see how to do it with a JsonObject. Once again, there is nothing more to say about arrays, JsonArray works exactly the same as JsonObject.

Subscript operator

The simplest way is to use the subscript operator of JsonObject:

const char* sensor = root["sensor"];
long time = root["time"];

You can chain the subscript operator if you have nested arrays or objects:

double latitude  = root["data"][0];
double longitude = root["data"][1];

But alternatively, you can get a reference to the nested array:

JsonArray& nestedArray = root["data"];

Casting values

In the previous examples, the values were implicitly casted to the target type. You can also do this explicitly

const char* sensor = root["sensor"].asString();
long time = root["time"].as<long>();
JsonArray& nestedArray = root["data"].asArray();

If the actual value doesn’t match the target type, a default value will be return:

  1. false for boolean values
  2. 0 for integer values
  3. NULL for string values
  4. JsonArray::invalid() for nested arrays
  5. JsonObject::invalid() for nested object

Check values

If you want to know if some value is present, call containsKey():

if (root.containsKey("extra"))
    // root["extra"] is valid

If you want to check the type value has a certain type, call is<T>():

if (root["extra"].is<JsonArray&>())
    // root["extra"] is an array

You can also iterate through the key-value pairs of the object:

for (JsonObject::iterator it=root.begin(); it!=root.end(); ++it)

Or if you want to iterate through a nested array:

JsonObject& data =  variables["data"];
for (auto dataobj : data){
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