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readJson(file, [options, callback])

Reads a JSON file and then parses it into an object. options are the same that you'd pass to jsonFile.readFile.

Alias: readJSON()

  • file <String>
  • options <Object>
  • callback <Function>

Example:

const fs = require('fs-extra')

// With a callback:
fs.readJson('./package.json', (err, packageObj) => {
  if (err) console.error(err)

  console.log(packageObj.version) // => 0.1.3
})

// With Promises:
fs.readJson('./package.json')
.then(packageObj => {
  console.log(packageObj.version) // => 0.1.3
})
.catch(err => {
  console.error(err)
})

// With async/await:
async function example () {
  try {
    const packageObj = await fs.readJson('./package.json')

    console.log(packageObj.version) // => 0.1.3
  } catch (err) {
    console.error(err)
  }
}

example()

readJson() can take a throws option set to false and it won't throw if the JSON is invalid. Example:

const fs = require('fs-extra')

const file = '/tmp/some-invalid.json'
const data = '{not valid JSON'
fs.writeFileSync(file, data)

// With a callback:
fs.readJson(file, { throws: false }, (err, obj) => {
  if (err) console.error(err)

  console.log(obj) // => null
})

// Wtih Promises:
fs.readJson(file, { throws: false })
.then(obj => {
  console.log(obj) // => null
})
.catch(err => {
  console.error(err) // Not called
})

// With async/await:
async function example (f) {
  const obj = await fs.readJson(f, { throws: false })

  console.log(obj) // => null
}

example(file)