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JSON Manipulation

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I use json.Decode and when json.Unmarshall?

Decode uses Unmarshall under the hood, but takes the concrete decoder into consideration.

Here is a simple rule of thumb:

  • Use json.NewDecoder(...).Decode() if your data is coming from an io.Reader stream, or you need to decode multiple values from a stream of data.
  • Use json.Unmarshal if you already have the JSON data in memory.

Usually, you would try to convert the response of an HTTP request to a JSON object, in which case Decode is the better choice:


3rd Party Libraries


GJSON provides a fast and simple way to get values from a json document. It has features such as one line retrieval, dot notation paths, iteration, and parsing json lines.

A basic example from the GJSON README:

package main

import ""

const json = `{"name":{"first":"Janet","last":"Prichard"},"age":47}`

func main() {
    value := gjson.Get(json, "name.last")