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What are JSON files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a JSON file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your JSON files.

What is a JSON file?

A .JSON file is a Javascript Object Notation (JSON) Document file.

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a file format that stores structured data in a simple and human-readable way. It is based on a subset of the JavaScript programming language and is commonly used for exchanging data between servers and web applications and persistently storing data.

The structure of a .json file relies on the concept of key-value pairs. Each key represents a specific piece of data, while the value captures data itself. Keys are strings enclosed in double quotes and values can take many forms including Boolean values, numbers, strings, or even arrays.

Syntactically correct .json files need a few specific components established at the beginning and end of each file in order to ensure compatibility with most current software platforms; these include braces at the start and end, colons separating key value pairs, commas delineating different entries, quotation marks around all string values, etc.

For example:

{ "key": "value", "key2": "value2" }

.json files can store various data types, including strings, numbers, booleans, arrays, and objects. They can also be nested, meaning that an object can contain other objects or arrays as values. .json files are often used to store configuration settings, data for web applications or mobile apps, and metadata for media files. They are also used to transmit data between servers and clients in a web API (Application Programming Interface).

JSON files can be opened and edited with a text editor or a specialized JSON editor. They can also be read and parsed by various programming languages, including JavaScript, Python, and Java, making them a popular choice for storing and exchanging data.

How to open JSON files

We have identified six JSON openers that are compatible with this specific type of JSON file.

Programs that open Javascript Object Notation (JSON) Document files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Microsoft Visual StudioMicrosoft Visual StudioVerified

Last updated: May 17, 2024

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