The best of both `JSON.stringify(obj)` and `JSON.stringify(obj, null, indent)`.
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The output of JSON.stringify comes in two flavors: compact and pretty. The former is usually too compact to be read by humans, while the latter sometimes is too spacious. This module trades performance (and the “replacer” argument) for a compromise between the two. The result is a pretty compact string, where “pretty” means both “kind of” and “nice”.

{
  "bool": true,
  "short array": [1, 2, 3],
  "long array": [
    {"x": 1, "y": 2},
    {"x": 2, "y": 1},
    {"x": 1, "y": 1},
    {"x": 2, "y": 2}
  ]
}

While the “pretty” mode of JSON.stringify puts every item of arrays and objects on its own line, this module puts the whole array or object on a single line, unless the line becomes too long (the default maximum is 80 characters). Making arrays and objects multi-line is the only attempt made to enforce the maximum line length; if that doesn’t help then so be it.

Installation

npm install json-stringify-pretty-compact

var stringify = require("json-stringify-pretty-compact")

Usage

stringify(obj, [options])

It’s like JSON.stringify(obj, null, options.indent), except that objects and arrays are on one line if they fit (according to options.maxLength).

options:

  • indent: Defaults to 2. Works exactly like the third parameter of JSON.stringify.
  • maxLength: Defaults to 80. Lines will be tried to be kept at maximum this many characters long.
  • margins: Defaults to false. Whether or not to add “margins” around brackets and braces:
    • false: {"a": [1]}
    • true: { "a": [ 1 ] }

stringify(obj, {maxLength: 0, indent: indent}) gives the exact same result as JSON.stringify(obj, null, indent).

stringify(obj, {maxLength: Infinity}) gives the exact same result as JSON.stringify(obj), except that there are spaces after colons and commas.

License

MIT.