Open JSON files

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Have you encountered a problem with a JSON file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a JSON file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your JSON file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is JSON file?

JSON files are called JavaScript Object Notation files. It is a data format designed for easy data exchange between different applications.

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JSON files are simple text files that can be opened in any text editor. Larger files can be quite confusing, so it is recommended to use a JSON editor.

JSON files are often used in Ajax applications as an alternative to XML files. Although JSON is mainly used by web applications, it is also used in other applications such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Mozilla Thunderbird or Caliber.

Programs which can open a JSON file

How to open file with JSON extension?

In order to open a file with JSON extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening JSON file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with JSON files, follow the instructions below.
Install Apple TextEdit or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening JSON files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support JSON files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of JSON files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Apple TextEdit as the default program for opening JSON files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate JSON files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Apple TextEdit applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Apple TextEdit has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with JSON files

Sometimes problems with opening JSON files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • JSON files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open JSON files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • JSON file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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