What is a JSON file & how to open it?

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A JSON file is a file that contains JSON formatted data, which stands for Javascript Object Notation. JSON is a language format that serves as an alternative to XML and is commonly used as a lightweight and efficient data-interchange format.

JSON files are simple, easy to read and write and also human-readable. JSON is a language-independent text format which means that it can be converted back and forth to any other programming language.

JSON syntax is lightweight and more straightforward in structure; it is easily readable and is commonly used for configuration settings, dictionaries, and even object instantiation for data interchange between systems.

The first JSON message was sent by Douglas Crockford, and Chip Morningstar sent the first message in 2001, while Douglas first stated the JSON format in early 2000.

How to open a JSON file?

JSON files can be opened with any text or code editors. There are multiple code editors available for each platform.

Windows

Atom.io, Brackets, Visual Studio Code and other code & text editors and web browsers.

macOS

Apple TextEdit, Atom.io, Visual Studio Code and other code and text editors and web browsers.

Linux

Atom.io, Visual Studio, Vim or any other code or text editor, even web browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, can be used to open JSON files.

Can JSON files have comments?

No, JSON files cannot have comments, while XML files can have comments.

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What is a JSON file & how to open it?
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What is a JSON file & how to open it?
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JSON files are those which contain JSON data in a simple and human-readable format which is also lightweight.
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