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REST Assured Tutorial 57 – Editing Existing JSON Object On The Fly Using JsonNode – Jackson


As a part of End to End REST Assured Tutorial, in this post, we will edit or customize existing JSON object on the fly using JsonNode of Jackson API.

Many times we do not want to create POJO classes and we may need to edit an existing JSON quickly as per requirement. In that case, JsonNode provided by Jackson API is really helpful.


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:-

You must go through with below posts first to understand this post better:-

How To Create A JSON Object Using Jackson API – ObjectMapper – CreateObjectNode()

How To Create JSON Array Using Jackson API – ObjectMapper – CreateArrayNode()

Editing JSON using JsonNode

Adding a new key with a primitive value to existing JSON

Suppose we have an existing JSON as below:-

Let’s add a new field “role” with value as “admin“.

We will deserialize the above JSON object as ObjectNode as given JSON is a JSON Object. Please note here that the superclass of ObjectNode is JsonNode.


Adding a new key with a JSON object value to an existing JSON

Let’s add a new key with value as a JSON object. For example – Adding a new field “bookingDetails” with the below value. Basically, we need to add an ObjectNode and the post link under the Prerequisite section explains that concept.


Adding a new key inside a nested JSON Object

In the output of the above program, suppose we need to add another key inside “bookingDetails” key. I.e final output should be as below:-

Update value of existing keys

We can also modify the value of existing keys.


Remove or delete existing key

We can also remove keys from a given JSON Object.


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Author: Amod Mahajan

A software Tester who is paid to judge products developed by others. Currently getting paid in American Dollars. Writing technical posts and creating YouTube videos are my hobbies.

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