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How to Load Local JSON File Using jQuery

Topic: JavaScript / jQueryPrev|Next

Answer: Use the jQuery $.getJSON() Method

You can simply use the $.getJSON() method to load local JSON file from the server using a GET HTTP request. If the JSON file contains a syntax error, the request will usually fail silently.

Let's try out the following example to understand how it basically works:

  • <!DOCTYPE html>
  • <html lang="en">
  • <head>
  • <meta charset="utf-8">
  • <title>jQuery Loading Local JSON File</title>
  • <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.min.js"></script>
  • </head> 
  • <body>
  •     <script>
  •     $(document).ready(function(){
  •         $.getJSON("test.json", function(data){
  •             console.log(data.name); // Prints: Harry
  •             console.log(data.age); // Prints: 14
  •         }).fail(function(){
  •             console.log("An error has occurred.");
  •         });
  •     });
  •     </script> 
  • </body>
  • </html>

The "test.json" file contains a simple JSON string {"name": "Harry", "age": 14}.


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