Getting Started

This guide will show you how you can start using json-transform in order to simplify your JSON object parsing.

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn how to define a JSON object in python using json-transform and how to encode your object instance into a JSON file as well as deserialize it from one.

Installing json-transform

Before you can start testing the following examples, you first need to install json-transform. To do this simply visit the Installation Page and follow the PyPI guide there.

Defining our first JSONObject using json-transform

Now that you have successfully installed json-transform we can finally start defining your first JSONObject. To do that you have to create a Plain Old Python Object. It can have any amount of methods, properties, etc… The important part is

1. it needs to extend the JSONObject class so that json-transform will recognize that this object is intended to be a encodable and decodable to a JSON document.

  1. it needs to have at least one property decorated with the field() decorator.

So let’s define a simple entity.

from jsontransform import JSONObject, field

class Person(JSONObject):
    def __init__(self):
        self._first_name = ""
        self._last_name = ""

    @field("firstName", required=True)
    def first_name(self):
        return self._first_name

    def first_name(self, value):
        self._first_name = value

    def last_name(self):
        return self._last_name

    def last_name(self, value):
        self._last_name = value

In this example we have given the first_name and the last_name property a custom field_name so when we encode our JSONObject the fields in the resulting JSON document will be called firstName and lastName. The same applies for the decoding. The decoder will search for fields called firstName and lastName. We will see this later in action.

Besides a field_name the first_name property has the required parameter set to True. This means that this field() is mandatory when we want to decode a JSON document into our JSONObject.

Now that we have defined our entity let’s create an instance of it.

peter = Person()
peter.first_name = "Peter"
peter.last_name = "Parker"


When we want to encode our JSONObject we can use the following functions

  • dump() to encode it into a write() supporting file-like object
  • dumps() to encode it into an str or
  • dumpd() to encode it into a dict

It is also possible to encode our JSONObject using the JSONEncoder but to keep it simple we will use the dumpd() function to encode our JSONObject into a dict.

To keep things simple we will use the dumpd() function to encode our JSONObject into a dict which is JSON conform.

from jsontransform import dumpd

# result: {'age': 56, 'birthday': '1962-09-23', 'firstName': 'Peter', 'lastName': 'Parker'}


When we want to decode a file, dict or an str into our JSONObject we can use the following functions

We also have a JSONDecoder which can be instantiated and provides the same functionality like the previously mentioned functions but to keep it simple we’ll use the loadd() function to decode a dict into our JSONObject.

from jsontransform import loadd

peter = loadd({'age': 56, 'birthday': '1962-09-23', 'firstName': 'Peter', 'lastName': 'Parker'})

# result <class 'Person'>

# result: Peter

# result: Parker


When decoding into a JSONObject we can specify the target type / the JSONObject into which the JSON document should be decoded OR we can let json-transform find the most matching JSONObject by itself (like in the example above).

After the decoding our fields/properties will be casted into their appropriate type. To see which types are supported check the Fields page.