Skip to main content

An implementation of JSON Schema validation for Python

Project description

jsonschema is an implementation of JSON Schema (currently in Draft 3) for Python.

>>> from jsonschema import validate

>>> # A sample schema, like what we'd get from json.load()
>>> schema = {
...     "type" : "object",
...     "properties" : {
...         "price" : {"type" : "number"},
...         "name" : {"type" : "string"},
...     },
... }

>>> # If no exception is raised by validate(), the instance is valid.
>>> validate({"name" : "Eggs", "price" : 34.99}, schema)

>>> validate({"name" : "Eggs", "price" : "Invalid"}, schema)
Traceback (most recent call last):
ValidationError: 'Invalid' is not of type 'number'


  • Support for Draft 3 of the Schema with the exception of

    • $ref, and extends that use $refs

  • Validation that reports all errors, rather than short-circuiting on the first validation error (toggleable, off by default):

    >>> from jsonschema import ValidationError, validate
    >>> schema = {
    ...     "type" : "array",
    ...     "items" : {"enum" : [1, 2, 3]},
    ...     "maxItems" : 2,
    ... }
    >>> try:
    ...     validate([2, 3, 4], schema, stop_on_error=False)
    ... except ValidationError as e:
    ...     print "Validation failed with errors:"
    ...     for error in sorted(e.errors):
    ...         print "    * " + error
    Validation failed with errors:
        * 4 is not one of [1, 2, 3]
        * [2, 3, 4] is too long
  • Small and extensible

Note: the API is still considered unstable, though no major changes are expected.

Schema Versioning

JSON Schema is, at the time of this writing, seemingly at Draft 3, with preparations for Draft 4 underway. The Validator class and validate function take a version argument that you can use to specify what version of the Schema you are validating under.

As of right now, Draft 3 (jsonschema.DRAFT_3) is the only supported version, and the default when validating. Whether it will remain the default version in the future when it is superceeded is undecided, so if you want to be safe, explicitly declare which version to use when validating.

A Quick Word on uniqueItems

Validating schemas with the uniqueItems property can leave you open to algorithmic complexity attacks. This may change in the future. For now, jsonschema will warn you if you use uniqueItems without using the Securetypes module, but will proceed anyhow if it couldn’t be imported.

You can also keep tabs on

Contributing and Contact Info

I’m Julian Berman.

jsonschema is on Github.

Get in touch, via GitHub or otherwise, if you’ve got something to contribute, it’d be most welcome!

You can also generally find me on Freenode (nick: tos9) in various channels, including #python.

Project details

Release history Release notifications | RSS feed

This version


Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Source Distributions (9.6 kB view hashes)

Uploaded Source

jsonschema-0.2.tar.gz (8.3 kB view hashes)

Uploaded Source

Supported by

AWS AWS Cloud computing and Security Sponsor Datadog Datadog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN Google Google Download Analytics Microsoft Microsoft PSF Sponsor Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Sentry Sentry Error logging StatusPage StatusPage Status page