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jsonextract Operator

 11th June 2022 at 10:47am
purposeretrieve the JSON string of a property from JSON strings
inputa selection of JSON strings
parameterone or more indexes of the property to retrieve
outputthe JSON string values of each of the retrieved properties

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Introduced in v5.2.4 See JSON in TiddlyWiki for background.

The jsonextract operator is used to retrieve values from JSON data as JSON substrings. See also the following related operators:

  • jsonget to retrieve the values of a property in JSON data
  • jsontype to retrieve the type of a JSON value
  • jsonindexes to retrieve the names of the fields of a JSON object, or the indexes of a JSON array

Properties within a JSON object are identified by a sequence of indexes. In the following example, the value at [a] is one, and the value at [d][f][0] is five.

    "a": "one",
    "b": "",
    "c": "three",
    "d": {
        "e": "four",
        "f": [
        "g": {
            "x": "max",
            "y": "may",
            "z": "maize"

The following examples assume that this JSON data is contained in a variable called jsondata.

The jsonextract operator uses multiple parameters to specify the indexes of the property to retrieve. Values are returned as literal JSON strings:

[<jsondata>jsonextract[a]] --> "one"
[<jsondata>jsonextract[d],[e]] --> "four"
[<jsondata>jsonextract[d],[f],[0]] --> "five"
[<jsondata>jsonextract[d],[f]] --> ["five","six",true,false,null]
[<jsondata>jsonextract[d],[g]] --> {"x":"max","y":"may","z":"maize"}

New in v5.3.2 Negative indexes into an array are counted from the end, so -1 means the last item, -2 the next-to-last item, and so on:

[<jsondata>jsonextract[d],[f],[-1]] --> null
[<jsondata>jsonextract[d],[f],[-2]] --> false
[<jsondata>jsonextract[d],[f],[-4]] --> "six"

Indexes can be dynamically composed from variables and transclusions:


A subtlety is that the special case of a single blank parameter is used to identify the root object. Thus:

[<jsondata>jsonextract[]] --> {"a":"one","b":"","c":"three","d":{"e":"four","f":["five","six",true,false,null],"g":{"x":"max","y":"may","z":"maize"}}}