How Can You Use The Simple JSON Library To Read A JSON File Into Java?

To read a JSON file into Java using the Simple JSON library, you can follow these steps:

  1. Include the Simple JSON library in your project. You can download the JAR file from the official website ( or use a dependency management tool like Maven.

  2. Create a JSON parser to parse the JSON file. You can use the JSONParser class from the Simple JSON library.

  3. Load the JSON file into a FileReader or any other suitable reader class.

  4. Parse the JSON from the reader using the parse() method of JSONParser.

  5. Access the JSON data as required.

Here’s an example that demonstrates these steps:

import org.json.simple.JSONArray;
import org.json.simple.JSONObject;
import org.json.simple.parser.JSONParser;


public class JsonReaderExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Path to JSON file
        String filePath = "path/to/your/file.json";

        try {
            // Create JSON parser
            JSONParser parser = new JSONParser();

            // Load the JSON file into a FileReader
            FileReader reader = new FileReader(filePath);

            // Parse the JSON from the reader
            JSONObject jsonObject = (JSONObject) parser.parse(reader);

            // Access JSON data
            String name = (String) jsonObject.get("name");
            System.out.println("Name: " + name);

            int age = ((Long) jsonObject.get("age")).intValue();
            System.out.println("Age: " + age);

            JSONArray hobbies = (JSONArray) jsonObject.get("hobbies");

            for (Object hobby : hobbies) {

            // Close the reader

        } catch (IOException | org.json.simple.parser.ParseException e) {

Make sure to replace "path/to/your/file.json" with the actual path to your JSON file.

This example assumes that your JSON file contains a JSON object with properties name, age, and hobbies. You can modify the code accordingly to match your JSON structure.

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