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REST Assured Tutorial 46 – Fetch Value From JSON Array Using JsonNode – Jackson – Get() & Path() Methods

Introduction

As a part of End to End REST Assured Tutorial, in this post, we will parse a JSON Array as JsonNode to fetch values of different types.

Creating POJO classes for parsing a JSON to fetch values may not be easy all the time especially when you have lengthy nested JSON and dynamic JSON. Instead, we can use the tree structure of a JSON so that we can navigate to any node via a path.

Prerequisite

We have already covered parsing a simple JSON Object and a Nested JSON Object as JsonNode previously. You must refer those posts to understand parsing JSON array well.

Fetch Value From JSON Object Using JsonNode

Fetch Value From Nested JSON Object Using JsonNode

Since we are using Jackson API of Java for this example, make sure you have the latest dependency of Jackson Databind in your project classpath. I have used below Jackson dependency for this post:-

Tree representation of JSON Array

Example JSON Array

Tree representation of JSON Array

You can use this site to view the tree representation of a JSON Array. A tree representation of the above example JSON array will look as below:-

A JSON array may be a collection of JSON objects or JSON arrays. Below is also a valid example of a JSON array.

Deserialize a JSON Array to Tree

We need to use class ObjectMapper provided by Jackson API. ObjectMapper class provides a method “readTree()” which is responsible to deserialize JSON content as tree expressed using a set of JsonNode instances.

We can get the value of a node using get() and path() methods of JsonNode class. We need to extract value with appropriate data types after using get() and path() methods.

We just need to use an index to fetch an element of an array which is the core concept of an array.

If you are not sure if parsed JSON tree is a JSON object or JSON tree then you can use instanceof as below:-

Remember that JsonNode is the parent class of both ObjectNode and ArrayNode.

Remaining all concepts are the same as we discussed in the posts mentioned under prerequisite headers. If you are sure of if JSON is an object or array we can directly cast and store in that type.

Example Program

Output

You can download/clone the above sample project from here.

If you have any doubt, feel free to comment below.
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Author: Amod Mahajan

My name is Amod Mahajan and I am an IT employee with 6+ years of experience in Software testing and staying in Bengaluru. My area of interest is Automation testing. I started from basics and went through so many selenium tutorials. Thanks to Mukesh Otwani as his tutorials are easy and cover basics to advance. I have habit of exploring concepts by deep diving. I used to make notes. I thought of sharing my knowledge through posts and now I am here. #KeepLearning #ShareLearning

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REST Assured Tutorial 46 – Fetch Value From JSON Array Using JsonNode – Jackson – Get() & Path() Methods

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