Format JSON on The CLI Easily

Tue, Nov 1, 2022 One-minute read

Format JSON on The CLI Easily

python -m json.tool <file>

This can then be chained to overwrite an existing file, effectively formatting it.

python -m json.tool <file> | tee /tmp/file.json && cat /tmp/file.json > <file>

This gives the command multiple out’s without breaking the originating file. Probably a far better way but this works.

jq would work but it isn’t installed on remote Unix systems whereas python -m json.tool always works.


#linux #json