Extensions for JSONPath RW

jsonpath-rw-ext extends json-path-rw capabilities by adding multiple extensions. ‘len’ that allows one to get the length of a list. ‘sorted’ that returns a sorted version of a list, ‘arithmetic’ that permits one to make math operation between elements and ‘filter’ to select only certain elements of a list.

Each extensions will be proposed upstream and will stay here only if they are refused.

Quick Start

At the command line:

$ pip install jsonpath-rw-ext

Or, if you have virtualenvwrapper installed:

$ mkvirtualenv jsonpath-rw-ext
$ pip install jsonpath-rw-ext

To replace the jsonpath_rw parser by this one with:

import jsonpath_rw_ext


from jsonpath_rw_ext import parser

Shortcut functions for getting only the matched values:

import jsonpath_rw_ext as jp
print jp.match('$.cow[*]', {'cow': ['foo', 'bar'], 'fish': 'foobar'})
# prints ['foo', 'bar']

print jp.match1('$.cow[*]', {'cow': ['foo', 'bar'], 'fish': 'foobar'})
# prints 'foo'

The jsonpath classes are not part of the public API, because the name/structure can change when they will be implemented upstream. Only the syntax shouldn’t change.


name Example
  • $.objects.`len`
  • $.field.`sub(/foo\+(.*)/, \1)`
  • $.field.`split(+, 2, -1)`
  • $.field.`split(sep, segement, maxsplit)`
  • $.objects.`sorted`
  • $.objects[\some_field]
  • $.objects[\some_field,/other_field]
  • $.objects[?(@some_field > 5)]
  • $.objects[?(some_field = “foobar”)]
  • $.objects[?(some_field ~ “regexp”)]
  • $.objects[?(some_field > 5 & other < 2)]
arithmetic (-+*/)
  • $.foo + “_” + $.bar
  • $.foo * 12
  • $.objects[*].cow + $.objects[*].cat

About arithmetic and string

Operations are done with python operators and allows types that python allows, and return [] if the operation can be done due to incompatible types.

When operators are used, a jsonpath must be be fully defined otherwise jsonpath-rw-ext can’t known if the expression is a string or a jsonpath field, in this case it will choice string as type.

Example with data:

    'cow': 'foo',
    'fish': 'bar'
cow + fish returns cowfish
$.cow + $.fish returns foobar
$.cow + “_” + $.fish returns foo_bar
$.cow + “_” + fish returns foo_fish

About arithmetic and list

Arithmetic can be used against two lists if they have the same size.

Example with data:

{'objects': [
    {'cow': 2, 'cat': 3},
    {'cow': 4, 'cat': 6}
$.objects[*].cow + $.objects[*].cat returns [6, 9]