JavaScript JSON Server
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JavaScript JSON Server

JSON Server

A common use of JSON is to exchange data with a web server.

When receiving data from a web server, the data is always a string.

Parse the data with JSON.parse(), and it becomes a JavaScript object.

Sending Data

If you have data stored in a JavaScript object, you can convert the object into JSON and send it to a server:


const myObj = {name: "John", age: 31, city: "New York"};const myJSON = JSON.stringify(myObj);window.location = "demo_json.php?x=" + myJSON;

Receiving Data

If you receive data in JSON format, you can easily convert it into a JavaScript object:


const myJSON = '{"name":"John", "age":31, "city":"New York"}';const myObj = JSON.parse(myJSON);document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML =;‍

JSON From a Server

You can request JSON from the server using an AJAX request. As long as the response from the server is written in JSON format, you can parse the string into a JavaScript object.


Use XMLHttpRequest to get data from the server:

const xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();xmlhttp.onload = function() {  const myObj = JSON.parse(this.responseText);  document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML =;};"GET", "json_demo.txt");xmlhttp.send();

Take a look at json_demo.txt.

Array as JSON

When using JSON.parse() on JSON derived from an array, the method will return a JavaScript array instead of a JavaScript object.


JSON returned from a server as an array:

const xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();xmlhttp.onload = function() {  const myArr = JSON.parse(this.responseText);  document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = myArr[0];};"GET", "json_demo_array.txt", true);xmlhttp.send();

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