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JSONata on the command line.

This was inspired by the excellent jq utility, and uses JSONata rather than the jq language.


npm install --global jfq


jfq [options] [<JSONata query>] [<files>]

It is good practice to put the JSONata query in single quotes, so that the shell does not attempt to interpret it.

The output will formatted as JSON, unless it's an array of simple objects (e.g. string, number) when the output is flattened to a series of lines, so that it can be piped to another program such as xargs.


  • -n, --ndjson output as newline-delimited JSON (each object on a single line)
  • -j, --json force output as JSON, when it would normally be flattened
  • -y, --yaml output as YAML
  • -a, --accept-yaml accept YAML input


  • To read the version of JSONata from the file package.json:
jfq 'dependencies.jsonata' package.json

# ^1.5.0
  • To find out how many downloads of JSONata there have been each month in the past year:
curl -s \ \
  | jfq 'downloads{$substring(day, 0, 7): $sum(downloads)}'

# {
#  "2017-02": 36216,
#  "2017-03": 46460,
#  "2017-04": 40336,
#  ...
# }