JSON File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a JSON file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .JSON files.

What is a JSON file?

JSON stands for Java Script Object Notification. Files that contain the .json file extension are similar to files that use the XML file format. The JSON file format is used to transmit structured data over various network connections.

The .json file extension is also used by the Firefox Internet browser, which is distributed by Mozilla. The Mozilla JSON files contain a backup copy of the bookmarks that have been created by a user who is using the Firefox Internet browser. If a user somehow loses his or her bookmark information, they can recreate the bookmark data using the information found in the JSON files.

How to open JSON files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension JSON for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different JSON openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension JSON

While we know of one file format using the .JSON file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .JSON file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of JSON files. Remember, different programs may use JSON files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
BracketsBracketsUser submitted
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
Microsoft Visual Studio CodeMicrosoft Visual Studio CodeUser submitted
Oxygen XML EditorOxygen XML EditorUser submitted
sakura editorsakura editorUser submitted
MaxMaxUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with JSON-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with JSON-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!