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Prototype of query path over JSON files

Project description

JSON Query


AUTHOR: Marcelo Silva

Language: Python


Install application from GitHub using git client:

git clone

Install aplication from

pip install arkho-jsonquery

Once the repository is cloned we can use the library adding the following import:

from jsonquery import JsonQuery

The library have two ways to use it, one way is usgin the class JsonQuery. This class takes 1 parameters: file path that contains the json data.

query = JsonQuery(filepath)

Once you has initialized the object, you can make the query over the JSON data loaded from the file (that is made when you init the object) using the execute method:


query = JsonQuery('path/to/file.json')


#the result it's an dict or list with the result
  • query: Query applied over the data (see syntax).

You can use a dict objet to if you don't want to use a file.


from json_query import JsonQuery

import json
data = None
with open('test.json','r') as input:
   data = json.load(input)

jsonquery = JsonQuery(dataset=data)
retval = jsonquery.execute('/items')


The second way to use it is like a function. The module have got a function called jsonquery and you must declare the correct import. Ex.

from jsonquery import jsonquery



The sytanx used for the query have got 3 parts:

  • path
  • select
  • query


The path represents every level in the Json on a single line, separated trough the slash ('/') symbol. Ex:

	"nivel1": {
		"nivel2": {
			"nivel3": "hola"

One query like this over the json example above: /nivel1/nivel2/nivel3, must return the following "hola".


If the json contains some array dadta inside, you can specify the index of the item that you want, using a index number between bracket ( [ ] ).

NOTA: The array have got 0 base index.

NOTA2: The query execution returns a list with result if the query return mora that one item or if the result is a json array otherwise return a json value.

Using the following JSON:

        { "items": [
        	{ "item": 1},
        	{ "item": 3},
        	{ "item": 4},
        	{ "item": N},
query descrición resultado
/items/items[15] Recover the item on 16th position [{ "item": 16}]
/items/items[0]/item Return the item value: 1 1
/items/items[n+1] throws a error index out of range Error

Root Node

On a query, the root node is representated with the slash symbol on the begining. If you don't especified the slash on the begin of the path query, the seek could select any node on the three wich match with the node name specified in the path query.

Using the json above if we execute just the following query:


We will get the following result:

	{ "item": 1},
	{ "item": 3},
	{ "item": N}


You can use field selector if you don't want only especific fields from the requested json file. By use selector you must add a list of fields between curly bracket ( { } ) separated with comes:

  { 'FIELD-1', 'FIELD-2', ... 'FIELD-N' }

The field names must be inside "" or ''.

Example, if we execte the following query: Si ejecutamos: /items[0]{ 'id','name'}

Over the following json:

			"id": "7002",
			"name": "Custard",
			"addcost": 0
			"id": "7003",
			"name": "Whipped Cream",
			"addcost": 0
			"id": "7004",
			"name": "Strawberry Jelly",
			"addcost": 0
			"id": "7005",
			"name": "Rasberry Jelly",
			"addcost": 0

The returned of the query will be:

>>> from jsonquery import *
>>> jsonquery('archivo.json','items[0]{ 'id','name'}')

	"id": "7003",
	"name": "Whipped Cream"

Query Filter

The must important part of the jsonquery sentence is the selector or filters. We can filter what items will be selected according the criteria applied over the node. The selector are between square bracket ( [ ] ) and it must put over the end of the node name. Ex:

/nodename[ query ]

the query filter must be applied over the node child. You can mix the query filter with item index if the child of the current node where the query will be applied. Ex:

/nodename[15][ query ]

On the example above the query fileter must be applied over the item number 16 (remember that the first item index is 0).

You could apply new query path over the result in the same query path. Ex.

/nodename[15][ query]/another-item

On the example above the query will be applied over the item 16 of the nodename and over the result, will be requested the node "another-item" and so on.

NOTE: You must consider if the requested json node is an array or not for make a path quert over the result. You cannot get an unique particular node name over an array. The array return a list.

Query filter Syntax



  • OPERATION: 2 operands plus a mathematical comparator.
  • LOGIC_OPERADOR: Logic operation. You could use: and, or


>>> from jsonquery import *
>>> path = '/item/items[@valor >= 1000 and @valor <= 10000]'
>>> jsonquery('archivo.json',path)


The operands are values that you can use for filter values that accomplish with the condition. The operands must be a field and some value for perform the comparation. An field represents some name inside of the json file and you can map with a '@' before the name.

An operation must take an field, an comparator and a value. The value must be a string, integer, float or boolean. Ex:

@id == 1000

The field must be in the first place or to the left of the operation.


representa el nombre de un campo dentro de un Json. El nombre debe comenzar con un simbolo '@'. Por ejemplo:

# @id
# Este valor hace referencia al campo id del siguiente JSON:

	"id": 1000,
	"comantario": "Test"


The permited comparators over an operation are:

Comparator Description
== Equals to. If you comparate agains an array value, equlas act as a 'IN' operation.
!= Not equal. Over an array acts as a 'NOT IN'
> , <, <= , >=
inequality . Only applied over integer and float values.

Compare against array

When the value it's comparated against and array the simbols '==' and '!=' acts a IN and NOT IN operation respectively. Ex:

By the following JSON:

	"valor" : [2,3,4,5,6],
	"valor" : [5,6,7]

And the following operation:

>>> from jsonquery import *
>>> jsonquery('archivo.json','/[@valor==5]')
{ "valor": [2,3,4,5,6] }

On the example above it has slected the first array because it array comtains the number five. The opossite case, we can change the equal for not equal:

>>> from jsonquery import *
>>> jsonquery('archivo.json','/[@valor!=5]')
{ }

On the example above the returned value is a empty json because on both cases exists the number five in the array's

Operations AND & OR

The operations AND performs a union of dataset with that accomplish with the conditions.

The OR logic conditions, performs a union of datasets that accomplish with our respective conditions. Both resulting dataset will be merged.

### Excution order

All of the operations are executed from left to rigth. Consider the following example:

[ @id=='1001' and @type=='té' or @type=='cafe']
  • First will be executed the operation: (@id=='1001' and @type=='té' )
  • The previus result will be all values that have id equals to '1001' and type equals to 'te. The operation will be a intersection of both results.
  • Then, will be executed the operation: @type=='cafe'
  • The result of the previus operation will be merged with the first operation


NAME Sequence "a-z A-Z_0-9"
DIGIT [0-9]+
QUERY OPERATION [LOGIC_OPERATOR OPERATION]* ( **the spaces are required ** )
FIELD @NAME (el @ es literal)
COMPARADOR ==, !=, >, <, <=, >=
OPERACION and | or


With the following Json

   "a" : {
      "b" : {
	"valor" : 1000	



You can execute the following querys:

Query:   /a/b

Return:     [{ "valor": 1000 }]

Query:   /a  

Return:    [{ "b": { "valor": 1000 }}]

Query:  /a/b/valor

Return:    1000

Select directly an item inside an array:

{ "a" : 
   { "b" : [ 
       { "name" : "a", "valor" : 1000 },
       {"name" : "b","valor" :2000},
       {"name" : "c","valor": 3000}

Querys over json:

Query:  /a/b[0]

Return:    [{ "name" : "a", "valor" : 1000 }]

Query: /a/b[2]

Return:   [{"name" : "c","valor": 3000}]

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