Description [src]

final class Json.Path : GObject.Object {
  /* No available fields */

JsonPath is a simple class implementing the JSONPath syntax for extracting data out of a JSON tree.

While the semantics of the JSONPath expressions are heavily borrowed by the XPath specification for XML, the syntax follows the ECMAScript origins of JSON.

Once a JsonPath instance has been created, it has to compile a JSONPath expression using json_path_compile() before being able to match it to a JSON tree; the same JsonPath instance can be used to match multiple JSON trees. It it also possible to compile a new JSONPath expression using the same JsonPath instance; the previous expression will be discarded only if the compilation of the new expression is successful.

The simple convenience function json_path_query() can be used for one-off matching.

Syntax of the JSONPath expressions

A JSONPath expression is composed by path indices and operators. Each path index can either be a member name or an element index inside a JSON tree. A JSONPath expression must start with the $ operator; each path index is separated using either the dot notation or the bracket notation, e.g.:

// dot notation

// bracket notation

The available operators are:

  • The $ character represents the root node of the JSON tree, and matches the entire document.

  • Child nodes can either be matched using . or []. For instance, both $ and $['store']['book'] match the contents of the book member of the store object.

  • Child nodes can be reached without specifying the whole tree structure through the recursive descent operator, or ... For instance, $ matches all author member in every object.

  • Child nodes can grouped through the wildcard operator, or *. For instance, $[*].author matches all author members of any object element contained in the book array of the store object.

  • Element nodes can be accessed using their index (starting from zero) in the subscript operator []. For instance, $[0] matches the first element of the book array of the store object.

  • Subsets of element nodes can be accessed using the set notation operator [i,j,...]. For instance, $[0,2] matches the elements 0 and 2 (the first and third) of the book array of the store object.

  • Slices of element nodes can be accessed using the slice notation operation [start:end:step]. If start is omitted, the starting index of the slice is implied to be zero; if end is omitted, the ending index of the slice is implied to be the length of the array; if step is omitted, the step of the slice is implied to be 1. For instance, $[:2] matches the first two elements of the book array of the store object.

More information about JSONPath is available on Stefan Gössner’s JSONPath website.

Example of JSONPath matches

The following example shows some of the results of using JsonPath on a JSON tree. We use the following JSON description of a bookstore:

{ "store": {
    "book": [
      { "category": "reference", "author": "Nigel Rees",
        "title": "Sayings of the Century", "price": "8.95"  },
      { "category": "fiction", "author": "Evelyn Waugh",
        "title": "Sword of Honour", "price": "12.99" },
      { "category": "fiction", "author": "Herman Melville",
        "title": "Moby Dick", "isbn": "0-553-21311-3",
        "price": "8.99" },
      { "category": "fiction", "author": "J. R. R. Tolkien",
        "title": "The Lord of the Rings", "isbn": "0-395-19395-8",
        "price": "22.99" }
    "bicycle": { "color": "red", "price": "19.95" }

We can parse the JSON using JsonParser:

JsonParser *parser = json_parser_new ();
json_parser_load_from_data (parser, json_data, -1, NULL);

If we run the following code:

JsonNode *result;
JsonPath *path = json_path_new ();
json_path_compile (path, "$", NULL);
result = json_path_match (path, json_parser_get_root (parser));

The result node will contain an array with all values of the author member of the objects in the JSON tree. If we use a JsonGenerator to convert the result node to a string and print it:

JsonGenerator *generator = json_generator_new ();
json_generator_set_root (generator, result);
char *str = json_generator_to_data (generator, NULL);
g_print ("Results: %s\n", str);

The output will be:

["Nigel Rees","Evelyn Waugh","Herman Melville","J. R. R. Tolkien"]
Available since:0.14


hierarchy this JsonPath ancestor_0 GObject ancestor_0--this


  • GObject



Creates a new JsonPath instance.

Available since: 0.14

Instance methods


Validates and decomposes the given expression.

Available since: 0.14


Matches the JSON tree pointed by root using the expression compiled into the JsonPath.

Available since: 0.14

Class structure

struct JsonPathClass {
  /* no available fields */



Queries a JSON tree using a JSONPath expression.

Available since: 0.14