How to Parse JSON in Android

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JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a lightweight, text-based, language-independent data exchange format that is easy for humans and machines to read and write. JSON can represent two structured types: objects and arrays. JSON is often used in Ajax applications, configurations, databases, and RESTful web services. The Java API for JSON Processing provides portable APIs to parse, generate, transform, and query JSON. This tutorial explains how to parse the JSON file in Android Application.

JSON File[edit]

A JSON file consists of many elements, Here the details of components of a JSON file.

Object: An object is an unordered set of name/value pairs. An object begins with { (left brace) and ends with } (right brace). Each name is followed by : (colon) and the name/value pairs are separated by , (comma).

Array: An array is an ordered collection of values. An array begins with [ (left bracket) and ends with ] (right bracket). Values are separated by , (comma).

Value: A value can be a string in double quotes, or a number, or true or false or null, or an object or an array. These structures can be nested.

String: A string is a sequence of zero or more Unicode characters, wrapped in double quotes, using backslash escapes. A character is represented as a single character string. A string is very much like a C or Java string.

Number: A number is very much like a C or Java number, except that the octal and hexadecimal formats are not used.

Consider the following JSON string:

  "title": "test",
  "content": "Hello World!!!",
  "year": 2016,
  "names" : [

Parsing JSON object[edit]

try {
    // create a new instance from a string
    JSONObject jsonObject = new JSONObject(jsonAsString);
    String title = jsonObject.getString("title");
    String content = jsonObject.getString("content");
    int year = jsonObject.getInt("year");
    JSONArray names = jsonObject.getJSONArray("names"); //for an array of String objects
} catch (JSONException e) {
    Log.w(TAG,"Could not parse JSON. Error: " + e.getMessage());

Android has all the tools you need to parse JSON built-in. In above example follows we haven't used GSON or anything like that.

First thing you need to create JSON object

JSONObject jObject = new JSONObject(result);

To get a specific string

String aJsonString = jObject.getString("STRINGNAME");

To get a specific boolean

boolean aJsonBoolean = jObject.getBoolean("BOOLEANNAME");

To get a specific integer

int aJsonInteger = jObject.getInt("INTEGERNAME");

To get a specific long

long aJsonLong = jObject.getBoolean("LONGNAME");

To get a specific double

double aJsonDouble = jObject.getDouble("DOUBLENAME");

To get a specific JSONArray:

JSONArray jArray = jObject.getJSONArray("ARRAYNAME");

To get the items from the array

for (int i=0; i < jArray.length(); i++)
    try {
        JSONObject oneObject = jArray.getJSONObject(i);
        // Pulling items from the array
        String oneObjectsItem = oneObject.getString("STRINGNAMEinTHEarray");
        String oneObjectsItem2 = oneObject.getString("anotherSTRINGNAMEINtheARRAY");
    } catch (JSONException e) {
        // Oops

JSONArray nested inside JSONObject[edit]

The following JSON file has JSONArray nested inside JSONObject

        "title":"Android JSON Parsing",

To parse this JSON file in Android

JSONObject root = new JSONObject(booksJson);
JSONArray booksArray = root.getJSONArray("books");
JSONObject firstBook = booksArray.getJSONObject(0);
String title = firstBook.getString("title");
int timesSold = firstBook.getInt("times_sold");

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This page was last edited on 28 January 2019, at 06:36.