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Yojson: JSON library for OCaml

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This library parses JSON data into a nested OCaml tree data structure.

Library documentation

Currently at


A simple example on how to parse JSON from a string literal.

let json_string = {|
  {"number" : 42,
   "string" : "yes",
   "list": ["for", "sure", 42]}|}
(* val json_string : string *)

let json = Yojson.Safe.from_string json_string
(* val json : Yojson.Safe.t *)

let () = Format.printf "Parsed to %a" Yojson.Safe.pp json

Related tooling

Yojson is a pretty common choice for parsing JSON in OCaml, as such it is the base for a number of tools and libraries that are built on top of it.

  • ppx_deriving_yojson to automatically generate code that converts between Yojson.Safe.t and custom OCaml types
  • ppx_yojson_conv, an alternative to ppx_deriving_yojson from Jane Street with different design decisions
  • atd, generates mapping code from .atd specification files and can be used in multiple languages
  • jsonm is an alternate JSON parser that parses JSON into a stream of items, so the complete data structure does not have to be in memory.

Help wanted

Yojson is developed and maintained by volunteers — users like you. Various issues are in need of attention. If you'd like to contribute, please leave a comment on the issue you're interested in, or create a new issue. Experienced contributors will guide you as needed.

There are many simple ways of making a positive impact. For example, you can...

  • Use the software in your project.
  • Give a demo to your colleagues.
  • Share the passion on your blog.
  • Tweet about what you're doing with Yojson.
  • Report difficulties by creating new issues. We'll triage them.
  • Ask questions on StackOverflow.
  • Answer questions on StackOverflow.
  • Discuss usage on the OCaml forums.
  • Pick a task that's easy for you.

Check out in particular good first time issues and other issues with which we could use some help.


Yojson is licensed under the 3-clause BSD license, see for details.