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CLI to transform between JSON, EDN and Transit, powered with a minimal query language.


$ bash <(curl -s
$ echo '{:a 1}' | jet --to json


This is a command line tool to transform between JSON, EDN and Transit, powered with a minimal query language. It runs as a GraalVM binary with fast startup time which makes it suited for shell scripting. It comes with a query language to do intermediate transformation. It may seem familiar to users of jq. Although in 2021, you may just want to use the --func option instead (who needs a DSL if you can use normal Clojure?)



Linux and macOS binaries are provided via brew.


brew install borkdude/brew/jet


brew upgrade jet


On Windows you can install using scoop and the scoop-clojure bucket.

Installer script

Install via the installer script:

$ bash <(curl -s

By default this will install into /usr/local/bin. To change this, provide the directory name:

$ bash <(curl -s /tmp


You may also download a binary from Github.


This tool can also be used via the JVM. If you use leiningen, you can put the following in your .lein/profiles:

 {:dependencies [[borkdude/jet "0.0.6"]]
  :aliases {"jet" ["run" "-m" "jet.main"]}}}

And then call jet like:

$ echo '["^ ","~:a",1]' | lein jet --from transit --to edn
{:a 1}


jet supports the following options:

  • -i, --from: edn, transit or json, defaults to edn
  • -o, --to: edn, transit or json, defaults to edn
  • -k, --keywordize [ <key-fn> ]: if present, keywordizes JSON keys. The default transformation function is keyword unless you provide your own.
  • -p, --pretty: if present, pretty-prints JSON and EDN output.
  • --edn-reader-opts: options passed to the EDN reader.
  • -f, --func: a single-arg Clojure function, or a path to a file that contains a function, that transforms input.
  • -q, --query: given a jet-lang query, transforms input. See jet-lang docs.
  • -c, --collect: given separate values, collects them in a vector.
  • -v, --version: if present, prints current version of jet and exits.
  • --interactive [ cmd ]: if present, starts an interactive shell. An initial command may be provided. See here.


$ echo '{"a": 1}' | jet --from json --to edn
{"a" 1}

$ echo '{"a": 1}' | jet -i json --keywordize -o edn
{:a 1}

$ echo '{"my key": 1}' | jet -i json -k '#(keyword (str/replace % " " "_"))' -o edn
{:my_key 1}

$ echo '{"a": 1}' | jet -i json -o transit
["^ ","a",1]

$ echo '{:a {:b {:c 1}}}' | jet --query ':a :b :c'

$ echo '{:a {:b {:c 1}}}' | jet --func '#(-> % :a :b :c)'

$ cat /tmp/fn.clj
#(-> % :a :b :c)
$ echo '{:a {:b {:c 1}}}' | jet --func /tmp/fn.clj

$ echo '[1 2 3]' | jet -f '#(map inc %)'
(2 3 4)
  • Get the latest commit SHA and date for a project from Github:
$ curl -s \
| jet --from json --keywordize --to edn \
--query '[0 {:sha :sha :date [:commit :author :date]}]'
{:sha "bde8b1cbacb2b44ad2cd57d5875338f0926c8c0b", :date "2019-08-05T21:11:56Z"}
  • Get raw output from query rather than wrapped in quotes
$ echo '{"a": "hello there"}' | jet --from json --keywordize --query ":a" --to edn
"hello there"

$ echo '{"a": "hello there"}' | jet --from json --keywordize --query ":a symbol" --to edn
hello there

Data readers

You can enable data readers by passing options to --edn-reader-opts:

$ echo '#foo{:a 1}' | jet --edn-reader-opts '{:default tagged-literal}'
#foo {:a 1}
$ echo '#foo{:a 1}' | jet --edn-reader-opts "{:readers {'foo (fn [x] [:foo x])}}"
[:foo {:a 1}]

See this blog by Alex Miller for more information on the tagged-literal function.

Since jet 0.0.14 --edn-reader-opts defaults to {:default tagged-literal}.


Jet supports streaming over multiple values, without reading the entire input into memory:

$ echo '{"a": 1} {"a": 1}' | jet --from json --keywordize --query ':a' --to edn

When you want to collect multiple values into a vector, you can use --collect:

$ echo '{"a": 1} {"a": 1}' | lein jet --from json --keywordize --collect --to edn
[{:a 1} {:a 1}]


EDIT 2021: if the query syntax isn't clear, you can now use --functo pass a normal Clojure function instead.

The --query option supports an intermediate EDN transformation.

$ echo '{:a 1 :b 2 :c 3}' | jet --query '(select-keys [:a :b])'
{:a 1, :b 2}
$ echo '{:a {:b 1}}' | jet --query '[:a :b]'

The query language should be pretty familiar to users of Clojure and jq. For more information about the query language, read the docs here.

Interactive shell

The jet interactive shell can be started with the --interactive flag. Optionally you can provide the first command for the shell as an argument:

$ jet --interactive ':jeti/set-val {:a 1}'
$ curl -sL > /tmp/commits.json
$ jet --interactive ':jeti/slurp "/tmp/commits.json" {:format :json}'

Note that a jeti command has to be valid EDN. To see a list of available commands, type :jeti/help in the shell:

> :jeti/help
Available commands:
:jeti/set-val {:a 1}   : set value.
:jeti/jump "34d4"      : jump to a previous state.
:jeti/quit, :jeti/exit : exit this shell.
:jeti/slurp            : read a file from disk. Type :jeti/help :jeti/slurp for more details.
:jeti/spit             : writes file to disk. Type :jeti/help :jeti/spit for more details.
:jeti/bookmark "name"  : save a bookmark.
:jeti/bookmarks        : show bookmarks.
:jeti/print-length     : set *print-length*
:jeti/print-level      : set *print-level*

Emacs integration

Sometimes it's useful to reformat REPL output in Emacs to make it more readable. You can do this by piping the relevant region via jet. Just put this function somewhere in your Emacs configuration, highlight a region, and press M-x jet-pretty <enter>:

(defun jet ()
   "jet --pretty --edn-reader-opts '{:default tagged-literal}'"
   "*jet error buffer*"

Passing --edn-reader-opts ensures that jet will respect any tagged literals that are particular to your codebase.


Test the JVM version:


Test the native version:

JET_TEST_ENV=native script/test


You will need leiningen and GraalVM.



Copyright © 2019-2021 Michiel Borkent

Distributed under the EPL License, same as Clojure. See LICENSE.