.JSON File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .JSON extension:

JavaScript Object Notation File

JavaScript Object Notation File
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  • Popularity
    3.9 (2075 votes)
  • Category Web Files
  • Format Text

A JSON file is a file that stores simple data structures and objects in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format, which is a standard data interchange format. It is primarily used for transmitting data between a web application and a server. JSON files are lightweight, text-based, human-readable, and can be edited using a text editor.

Because JSON files are plain text files, you can open them in any text editor, including:

  • Microsoft Notepad (Windows)
  • Apple TextEdit (Mac)
  • Vim (Linux)
  • GitHub Atom (cross-platform)

You can also open a JSON file in the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers by dragging and dropping the file into your browser window.

Software's name License Platforms
Altova XMLSpy Altova XMLSpy Commercial LinuxMacWindows
Apple TextEdit Apple TextEdit Bundled Mac
File Viewer for Android File Viewer for Android Free+ Android
File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus Free Trial Windows
GitHub Atom GitHub Atom Open Source LinuxMacWindows
GNU Emacs GNU Emacs Open Source LinuxMacWindows
Google Chrome Google Chrome Freeware AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWebWindows
MacVim MacVim Open Source Mac
Microsoft Notepad Microsoft Notepad Bundled MacWindows
Microsoft Visual Studio Code Microsoft Visual Studio Code Open Source LinuxMacWindows
Microsoft WordPad Microsoft WordPad Bundled Windows
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox Open Source AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWebWindows
Notepad++ Notepad++ Freeware Windows
Other text editor Other text editor LinuxMacWindows
Pico Pico Freeware Linux
Vim Vim Open Source LinuxMacWindows

Updated: December 26, 2020

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