ArduinoJson: F.A.Q

How to determine the buffer size?

There are basically tree approaches here:

  1. either you can predict the content of the object tree,
  2. you know how much memory is available.
  3. you try and look at current size

In the first case, you know some constraints on the object tree. For instance, let’s say that you know in advance (and by that I mean “at compilation time”) that you want to generate an object with 3 values, one of them being an array with 2 values, like the following:


To determine the memory usage of this object tree, you use the two macros JSON_ARRAY_SIZE(n) and JSON_OBJECT_SIZE(n), both take the number of elements as an argument. For the example above, it would be:

StaticJsonBuffer<BUFFER_SIZE> jsonBuffer;

You can use the ArduinoJson Assistant to get the values for common platforms.

In the second case, let’s say you dynamically generate a JSON object tree of a random complexity so you can’t put a limit based on that. But on the other hand, you don’t want your program to crash because the object tree doesn’t fit in memory. The solution here is to determine how much memory is available, or in other words how much memory you can afford for the JSON object tree.

The third solution is to run your program an print jsonBuffer.size() to get the current size of the buffer.

WARNING 1: if you pass a String or a const char* to parseArray() or parseObject, the JsonBuffer will make a copy of the input, so it will need to be significantly bigger.

WARNING 2: if you use String to create your JSON keys or values, their content will automatically be duplicated in the JsonBuffer, so you need to add the total length of all strings in the size of the JsonBuffer.


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