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    JSON front matter

    Extracts JSON front-matter from strings or serializes it back.

    What's "front matter"?

    Front matter is an easy, fast and reliable way to attach arbitrary complex meta-data to virtually any string file (HTML, Markdown, Rho, anything).

    AFAIK, front matter is a term coined in Jekyll.

    JSON front matter is as simple as having a JSON at the start of your string, followed by arbitrary content like this:

      "foo": "bar",
    Then comes rest content.

    This string is parsed into following object:

      "foo": "bar",
      "__content__": "Then comes rest content."

    And that's it. You can customize the __content__ name and provide custom regular expressions so that you can add delimiters or decorators like these:

    {{{ "my_object": 123 }}}
    Rest content here.

    See tests for more examples.


    Install with npm:

    npm i json-matter

    Require module:

    var fm = require('json-matter');

    Parse some string:

    var obj = fm.parse(string);

    Serialize it back:


    Default format

    By default we expect indented JSON (e.g. JSON.stringify(obj, null, 2)), so that we could use blazing fast regex to only look for right closing brace on line start to capture the JSON. Furthermore, blank lines between JSON and rest content are eliminated.

    This behavior is totally configurable: just pass a regex option to parse and specify custom regex to capture the JSON part and to clean any delimiters and other garbage from the rest content.

    See [tests( for some examples.

    Implementation notes

    Parser is forgiving to bad or missing front matter, returning an object with __content__ property equaling to unmodified content.

    No I/O included in this library. If you want to parse text file, just use fs.readFile and then parse it.

    This library is totally usable in browser via Browserify.


    Boris Okunskiy / ISC


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