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A way to store large amounts of JSON-style data on disk, and to access it quickly.

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JSOP - JSON-Style Object Persistence

JSOP is a persistence engine that allows an application to store a large amount of JSON-style data on disk, but to access it in an efficient way.

It is based on the dbm module, but offers a much easier-to-use API.

JSOP is also designed to enable easy migration of data in existing applications, that already store data in JSON files, with minimal changes to the code.


pip3 install jsop

Quickstart Guide

Creating a new JSOP file

Programmatically :

# 'data' is any JSON-serializable object.

import jsop


Or from the command line:

python3 -m jsop init /path/to/jsop /path/to/data.json

(If an initial JSON file is not given, the file will be initialized with an empty map.)

Read and Write

with jsop.JSOP("/path/to/jsop") as data:
    name = data["name"]
    data["age"] = 30
    for friend in data["friends"]:

Supported Operations


You can store any JSON-serializable data with JSOP using simple assignment. For example:

path = "/path/to/jsop"

jsop.JSOP(path).init()      # initalize with an empty map.

with jsop.JSOP(path) as data:
    data["string"] = "Hello, World!"
    data["boolean"] = True
    data["map"] = {"a": 1, "b": 2, "c": 3}
    data["map"]["d"] = 4
    data["map"]["list"] = [5,6,7]

The file will be saved once the with block exits.

Accessing Data

When you retrieve data of primitive types, you just get the corresponding python type:

with jsop.JSOP(path) as data:
    my_string = data["string"]
    # type(my_string) is str

    my_int = data["map"]["c"]
    # type(my_int) is int

However, when you retrieve a map or a list, you get special objects, named JDict and JList, respectively.

Map Operations

With JDict, you can do most of the things you can do with a python dict:

with jsop.JSOP(path) as data:
    my_map = data["map"]
    # type(my_map) is JDict
    a = my_map["a"]                  # item access
    my_map["b"] = 3                  # item assignment
    del my_map["c"]                  # item removal
    if "d" in my_map:
        pass                         # using the "in" operator
    length = len(my_map)             # getting map's size
    keys = my_map.keys()             # getting list of keys
    for key in my_map:
        pass                         # iteration over keys
    if my_map == my_map:
        pass                         # comparison with a JDict
    if my_map == {"a": 1, "b": 3}:
        pass                         # comparison with a Python dict
    my_map.clear()                   # removing all keys from a map

Also, you can convert the map to a regular python dict, by using the export() method:

with jsop.JSOP(path) as data:
    my_map = data["map"].export()
    # type(my_map) is dict

    my_map["e"] = 5

    data["map"] = my_map

Note that like a JSON map, the keys in a JSOP map are always strings. If a different object is given as a key, it is converted to a string.

List Operations

Likewise, The JList object supports many of the operations supported by a python list:

with jsop.JSOP(path) as data:
    my_list = data["map"]["list"]
    # type(my_list) is JList

    for item in my_list:
        pass                         # iteration over items
    my_list.append(8)                # adding an item
    eight = my_list.pop()            # removing (and returning) the last item
    six = my_list[1]		     # item access by index
    my_list[1] = 9                   # item assignment
    my_list.remove(9)                # removing an arbitrary item
    if 8 in my_list:
        pass                         # using the "in" operator
    length = len(my_list)            # getting list's size
    if my_list == my_list:
        pass                         # comparison with a JList
    if my_list == [5,6,7]:
        pass                         # comparison with a Python list
    my_list.clear()                  # removing all items from list

Like as in JDict, JList also supports the export() method, which returns a python list:

with jsop.JSOP(path) as data:
    my_list = data["map"]["list"].export()
    # type(my_list) is list

Copy and Backup

In order to create copy a JSOP file, it is recommended to export its content to JSON. The reason is that JSON files take less space, and also because of partability: this practice avoids problems resulting from the use of different dbm implementations on different systems.

This can be done from the command line:

python3 -m jsop export /path/to/jsop /path/to/copy.json

If JSON file path is not given, the result will be printed to the standard output.

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