Code Quality Rank: L1
Programming language: C++
License: MIT License
Tags: JSON    

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JSON++ is a light-weight JSON parser, writer and reader written in C++. JSON++ can also convert JSON documents into lossless XML documents.


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Why another JSON parser?

Perhaps because web service clients are usually written in dynamic languages these days, none of the existing C++ JSON parsers fitted my needs very well, so I wrote one that I used in another project. My goals for JSON++ were:

  • Efficient in both memory and speed.
  • No third party dependencies. JSON++ only depends on the standard C++ library.
  • Cross platform.
  • Robust.
  • Small and convenient API. Most of the time, you only need to call one function and two function templates.
  • Easy to integrate. JSON++ only has one source file and one header file. Just compile the source file and link with your program.
  • Able to construct documents dynamically.
  • JSON writer: write documents in JSON format.

Other contributors have sinced added more functionalities:

Compiler version

You need a modern C++ compiler. For older compilers, please try legacy branch.


Strict/permissive parsing

JSONxx can parse JSON documents both in strict or permissive mode.

When jsonxx::Settings::Parser is set to Strict, JSONxx parser will accept:

  • Fully conformant JSON documents only.

When jsonxx::Settings::Parser is set to Permissive, JSONxx parser will accept:

  • Fully conformant JSON documents
  • Ending commas in arrays and objects: { "array": [0,1,2,], }
  • Single quoted strings: ['hello', "world"]
  • C++ style comments: { "width": 320, "height": 240 } //Picture details

Default value is Permissive.

When jsonxx::Settings::UnquotedKeys is set to Enabled, JSONxx parser will accept:

  • Unquoted keys: {name: "world"}

Default value is Disabled.


JSONxx uses internally JSONXX_ASSERT(...) macro that works both in debug and release mode. Set jsonxx::Settings::Assertions value to Disabled to disable assertions.

Default value is Enabled.


The following snippets are from one of the unit tests. They are quite self-descriptive.

using namespace std;
using namespace jsonxx;

string teststr(
        "  \"foo\" : 1,"
        "  \"bar\" : false,"
        "  \"person\" : {\"name\" : \"GWB\", \"age\" : 60,},"
        "  \"data\": [\"abcd\", 42],"

// Parse string or stream
Object o;

// Validation. Checking for JSON types and values as well
assert(1 == o.get<Number>("foo"));
assert(o.get<Object>("person").get<Boolean>("old", false));
assert(o.get<Array>("data").get<Number>(1) == 42);
assert(o.get<Array>("data").get<String>(0) == "abcd");
assert(o.get<Array>("data").get<String>(2, "hello") == "hello");
cout << o.json() << endl;                     // JSON output
cout << o.xml(JSONx) << endl;                 // JSON to XML conversion (JSONx subtype)
cout << o.xml(JXML) << endl;                  // JSON to XML conversion (JXML subtype)
cout << o.xml(JXMLex) << endl;                // JSON to XML conversion (JXMLex subtype)
// Generate JSON document dynamically
using namespace std;
using namespace jsonxx;
Array a;
a << 123;
a << "hello world";
a << 3.1415;
a << 99.95f;
a << 'h';
a << Object("key", "value");
Object o;
o << "key1" << "value";
o << "key2" << 123;
o << "key3" << a;
cout << o.json() << endl;

To do

  • Custom JSON comments (C style /**/) when permissive parsing is enabled.