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json-to-jsonl

1.1.0 • Public • Published

JSON to JSON Lines

You have a JSON file containing a very large array of objects you want to analyse. json-to-jsonl is a lightweight package to re-write the array to a JSON Lines file - one row per object.

JSON Lines Format

JSON Lines is a convenient format for storing structured data that may be processed one record at a time. It works well with unix-style text processing tools and shell pipelines. Here's how easy it is to create a document database (in MongoDB) from a JSON Lines file:

mongoimport --db my-db-name --collection my-collection-name --file /path/to/my-file.jsonl

Installation

$ npm install --save json-to-jsonl

Examples

// my-file-1.json
[
  { "a" : 1 },
  { "a" : 2 },
  { "a" : 3 }
]
// my-file-2.json
{
  "name" : "Some JSON Object",
  "longList" : [
    "one",
    "two",
    "three",
    "four"
  ]
}
// convert.js
const jsonTojsonl = require('json-to-jsonl')
 
try {
  // The array is top-level in my-file-1.json so don't have to specify getArray func:
  const response1 = jsonTojsonl('my-file-1.json')
  // { lines: 3, file: 'my-file-1.jsonl' }
 
  // The array is a value in the my-file-2.json object so we have to specify a getArray func:
  const response2 = jsonTojsonl('my-file-2.json', x => x.longList)
  // { lines: 4, file: 'my-file-2.jsonl' }
}
catch (e) {
  ...
}

Docs

jsonTojsonl(jsonFilename, getArray=function(x) {return x})

Writes a new file with same name (but .json extension replaced with .jsonl). The optional argument getArray allows you to define where the JSON array is (if it isn't top-level). Returns an object with lines and file properties (number of lines written and name of new file).

Memory Limit

If your JSON file is very big you might encounter a FATAL ERROR due to JavaScript heap out of memory. It might be necessary to increase the memory usage limit when running your script, e.g. to 4GB:

$ node --max-old-space-size=4096 convert.js

install

npm i json-to-jsonl

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5

version

1.1.0

license

MIT

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