What is a .JSON File And How To Open It (Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .json extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .json file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .JSON file?

The file extension .JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation File. The file has the text format, and it is a web related file.

What to know

There are currently 12 software that can open the .json file on 5 platforms.

How to open a .JSON file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .JSON file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .JSON file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .json file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Google Chrome software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Altova XMLSpy, Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad, Notepad++, GitHub Atom, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .JSON file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Google Chrome software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .JSON file on Mac

The .json file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Google Chrome software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Apple TextEdit, MacVim, GitHub Atom, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .JSON file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Google Chrome software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .JSON file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .json file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Google Chrome software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Vim, GNU Emacs, GitHub Atom, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .JSON file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Google Chrome software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .JSON file on Android

To open the .json file on Android, please follow these easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .JSON file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Mozilla Firefox software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .JSON file on iOS

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .json file on iOS in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

To open the file, you will need to download the Mozilla Firefox software. Please search for it in the iOS App Store and install it. You could also download the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox software. That’s all, now you have open your file on iOS.

Still cannot open the .JSON file?

If you are still unable to open the .JSON file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .JSON file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .jsonl – Ian Ward, .jsonlz4 – Mozilla, .jsp – Oracle, .jspa – Java Servlet Alias, .jspf – Oracle. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .JSON file with the Google Chrome, Altova XMLSpy, Microsoft Notepad, Microsoft WordPad, Notepad++, GitHub Atom, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Mozilla Firefox programs on Windows, Google Chrome, Apple TextEdit, MacVim, GitHub Atom, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Mozilla Firefox programs on Mac, Google Chrome, Vim, GNU Emacs, GitHub Atom, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Mozilla Firefox software on Linux, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome software on Android and Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome software on iOS.