How do I read JSON file using JSON-Java (org.json) library?

In this example we are going to use the JSON-Java (org.json) library to read or parse JSON file. First we start by getting the InputStream of the JSON file to be read using getResourceAsStream() method. Next we construct a JSONTokener from the input stream and create an instance of JSONObject to read the JSON entries.

We can use method like getString(), getInt(), getLong(), etc to read a key-value from the JSON file. The getJSONArray() method allow us to read an list of values returned in JSONArray object. Which can be iterated to get each values represented by the key. Let’s see the detail code snippet below.

package org.kodejava.example.json;

import org.json.JSONArray;
import org.json.JSONObject;
import org.json.JSONTokener;


public class ReadJSONString {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // info.json
        // {
        //  "id": "1",
        //  "name": "Alice",
        //  "age": "20",
        //  "courses": [
        //    "Engineering",
        //    "Finance",
        //    "Chemistry"
        //  ]
        String resourceName = "/info.json";
        InputStream is = ReadJSONString.class.getResourceAsStream(resourceName);
        if (is == null) {
            throw new NullPointerException("Cannot find resource file " + resourceName);

        JSONTokener tokener = new JSONTokener(is);
        JSONObject object = new JSONObject(tokener);
        System.out.println("Id  : " + object.getLong("id"));
        System.out.println("Name: " + object.getString("name"));
        System.out.println("Age : " + object.getInt("age"));

        System.out.println("Courses: ");
        JSONArray courses = object.getJSONArray("courses");
        for (int i = 0; i < courses.length(); i++) {
            System.out.println("  - " + courses.get(i));

The result of the code snippet above is:

Id  : 1
Name: Alice
Age : 20
  - Engineering
  - Finance
  - Chemistry

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