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Query values from data structures like XPATH
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JSONPath for PHP

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This is a JSONPath implementation for PHP based on Stefan Goessner's JSONPath script.

JSONPath is an XPath-like expression language for filtering, flattening and extracting data.

This project aims to be a clean and simple implementation with the following goals:

- Object-oriented code (should be easier to manage or extend in future) - Expressions are parsed into tokens using code inspired by the Doctrine Lexer. The tokens are cached internally to avoid re-parsing the expressions. - There is no eval() in use - Any combination of objects/arrays/ArrayAccess-objects can be used as the data input which is great if you're de-serializing JSON in to objects or if you want to process your own data structures.


composer require softcreatr/jsonpath:"^0.5 || ^0.7 || ^0.8"

JSONPath Examples

JSONPath | Result --------------------------|------------------------------------- $.store.books[*].author | the authors of all books in the store $ | all authors $.store..price | the price of everything in the store. $..books[2] | the third book $..books[(@.length-1)] | the last book in order. $..books[-1:] | the last book in order. $..books[0,1] | the first two books $..books[:2] | the first two books $..books[::2] | every second book starting from first one $..books[1:6:3] | every third book starting from 1 till 6 $..books[?(@.isbn)] | filter all books with isbn number $..books[?(@.price<10)] | filter all books cheaper than 10 $..books.length | the amount of books $..* | all elements in the data (recursively extracted)

Expression syntax

Symbol | Description ----------------------|------------------------- $ | The root object/element (not strictly necessary) @ | The current object/element . or [] | Child operator .. | Recursive descent * | Wildcard. All child elements regardless their index. [,] | Array indices as a set [start:end:step] | Array slice operator borrowed from ES4/Python. ?() | Filters a result set by a script expression () | Uses the result of a script expression as the index

PHP Usage

Using arrays

require_once __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

$data = ['people' => [
    ['name' => 'Sascha'],
    ['name' => 'Bianca'],
    ['name' => 'Alexander'],
    ['name' => 'Maximilian'],

print_r((new \Flow\JSONPath\JSONPath($data))->find('$.people.*.name')->getData());

    [0] => Sascha
    [1] => Bianca
    [2] => Alexander
    [3] => Maximilian

Using objects

require_once __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

$data = json_decode('{"name":"Sascha Greuel","birthdate":"1987-12-16","city":"Gladbeck","country":"Germany"}', false);

print_r((new \Flow\JSONPath\JSONPath($data))->find('$')->getData()[0]);

stdClass Object
    [name] => Sascha Greuel
    [birthdate] => 1987-12-16
    [city] => Gladbeck
    [country] => Germany

More examples can be found in the Wiki

Magic method access

The options flag JSONPath::ALLOW_MAGIC will instruct JSONPath when retrieving a value to first check if an object has a magic __get() method and will call this method if available. This feature is iffy and not very predictable as:

  • wildcard and recursive features will only look at public properties and can't smell which properties are magically accessible
  • there is no `property_exists` check for magic methods so an object with a magic `__get()` will always return `true` when checking if the property exists
  • any errors thrown or unpredictable behaviour caused by fetching via `__get()` is your own problem to deal with
use Flow\JSONPath\JSONPath;

$myObject = (new Foo())->get('bar');
$jsonPath = new JSONPath($myObject, JSONPath::ALLOW_MAGIC);

For more examples, check the JSONPathTest.php tests file.

Script expressions

Script expressions are not supported as the original author intended because:

  • This would only be achievable through `eval` (boo).
  • Using the script engine from different languages defeats the purpose of having a single expression evaluate the same way in different languages which seems like a bit of a flaw if you're creating an abstract expression syntax.

So here are the types of query expressions that are supported:

[?(@._KEY_ _OPERATOR_ _VALUE_)] // <, >, <=, >=, !=, ==, =~, in and nin
[?(@.title == "A string")] //
[?(@.title = "A string")]
// A single equals is not an assignment but the SQL-style of '=='
[?(@.title =~ /^a(nother)? string$/i)]
[?(@.title in ["A string", "Another string"])]
[?(@.title nin ["A string", "Another string"])]

Known issues

  • This project has not implemented multiple string indexes e.g. `$[name,year]` or `$["name","year"]`. I have no ETA on that feature, and it would require some re-writing of the parser that uses a very basic regex implementation.

Similar projects

FlowCommunications/JSONPath is the predecessor of this library by Stephen Frank

Other / Similar implementations can be found in the Wiki.


A list of changes can be found in the file.

License ?


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Contributors ?

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