JSON example – Read and write JSON

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Java Posts
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JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), is a simple and easy to read and write data exchange format. It’s popular and implemented in countless projects worldwide, for those don’t like XML, JSON is a very good alternative solution.

In this series of Java JSON tutorials, we focus on three popular third party Java libraries to process JSON data, which are Jackson, Google Gson and JSON.simple


JSON.simple, is a simple Java library for JSON processing, read and write JSON data and full compliance with JSON specification (RFC4627).

To convert object to / from JSON, you should consider Jackson or Gson.

In this tutorial, we show you how to use JSON.simple to read and write JSON data from / to a file.

1. JSON.simple Dependency

JSON.simple is available at Maven central repository, just declares following dependency in your pom.xml file.


2. Write JSON to file

In below example, it write JSON data via JSONObject and JSONArray, and save it into a file named “test.json“.

import java.io.FileWriter;
import java.io.IOException;
import org.json.simple.JSONArray;
import org.json.simple.JSONObject;

public class JsonSimpleExample {
     public static void main(String[] args) {

	JSONObject obj = new JSONObject();
	obj.put("name", "mkyong.com");
	obj.put("age", new Integer(100));

	JSONArray list = new JSONArray();
	list.add("msg 1");
	list.add("msg 2");
	list.add("msg 3");

	obj.put("messages", list);

	try {

		FileWriter file = new FileWriter("c:\\test.json");

	} catch (IOException e) {




Output – See content of file named “test.json“.

	"messages":["msg 1","msg 2","msg 3"]

3. Read JSON from file

Use JSONParser to read above generated JSON file “test.json“, and display each of the values.

import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.FileReader;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.Iterator;
import org.json.simple.JSONArray;
import org.json.simple.JSONObject;
import org.json.simple.parser.JSONParser;
import org.json.simple.parser.ParseException;

public class JsonSimpleExample {
     public static void main(String[] args) {

	JSONParser parser = new JSONParser();

	try {

		Object obj = parser.parse(new FileReader("c:\\test.json"));

		JSONObject jsonObject = (JSONObject) obj;

		String name = (String) jsonObject.get("name");

		long age = (Long) jsonObject.get("age");

		// loop array
		JSONArray msg = (JSONArray) jsonObject.get("messages");
		Iterator iterator = msg.iterator();
		while (iterator.hasNext()) {

	} catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
	} catch (IOException e) {
	} catch (ParseException e) {




msg 1
msg 2
msg 3
  1. David Crespo says:

    really useful, thanks for sharing with everybody


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