System.Text.Json 8.0.2

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<PackageReference Include="System.Text.Json" Version="8.0.2" />
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paket add System.Text.Json --version 8.0.2
#r "nuget: System.Text.Json, 8.0.2"
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// Install System.Text.Json as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=System.Text.Json&version=8.0.2

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#tool nuget:?package=System.Text.Json&version=8.0.2


Provides high-performance and low-allocating types that serialize objects to JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) text and deserialize JSON text to objects, with UTF-8 support built-in. Also provides types to read and write JSON text encoded as UTF-8, and to create an in-memory document object model (DOM), that is read-only, for random access of the JSON elements within a structured view of the data.

Key Features

  • High-performance reader and writer types for UTF-8 encoded JSON.
  • A fully-featured JSON serializer for .NET types using reflection or source generated contracts.
  • A high-performance read-only JSON DOM (JsonDocument) and a mutable DOM that interoperates with the serializer (JsonNode).
  • Built-in support for async serialization, including IAsyncEnumerable support.
  • Fully customizable contract model for serializable types.

How to Use

The System.Text.Json library is built-in as part of the shared framework in .NET Runtime. The package can be installed when you need to use the most recent version in older target frameworks.


using System;
using System.Text.Json;

WeatherForecast forecast = new (DateTimeOffset.Now, 26.6f, "Sunny");
var serialized = JsonSerializer.Serialize(forecast);

// {"Date":"2023-08-02T16:01:20.9025406+00:00","TemperatureCelsius":26.6,"Summary":"Sunny"}

var forecastDeserialized = JsonSerializer.Deserialize<WeatherForecast>(serialized);
Console.WriteLine(forecast == forecastDeserialized);
// True

public record WeatherForecast(DateTimeOffset Date, float TemperatureCelsius, string? Summary);

Serialization using the source generator:

using System.Text.Json;
using System.Text.Json.Serialization;

WeatherForecast forecast = new (DateTimeOffset.Now, 26.6f, "Sunny");
var serialized = JsonSerializer.Serialize(forecast, SourceGenerationContext.Default.WeatherForecast);

// {"Date":"2023-08-02T16:01:20.9025406+00:00","TemperatureCelsius":26.6,"Summary":"Sunny"}

var forecastDeserialized = JsonSerializer.Deserialize<WeatherForecast>(serialized, SourceGenerationContext.Default.WeatherForecast);
Console.WriteLine(forecast == forecastDeserialized);
// True

public record WeatherForecast(DateTimeOffset Date, float TemperatureCelsius, string? Summary);

[JsonSourceGenerationOptions(WriteIndented = true)]
internal partial class SourceGenerationContext : JsonSerializerContext

Using the JSON DOM:

using System;
using System.Text.Json;
using System.Text.Json.Nodes;

string jsonString =
  ""Date"": ""2019-08-01T00:00:00"",
  ""Temperature"": 25,
  ""Summary"": ""Hot"",
  ""DatesAvailable"": [
  ""TemperatureRanges"": {
      ""Cold"": {
          ""High"": 20,
          ""Low"": -10
      ""Hot"": {
          ""High"": 60,
          ""Low"": 20

JsonNode forecastNode = JsonNode.Parse(jsonString)!;

// Get value from a JsonNode.
JsonNode temperatureNode = forecastNode["Temperature"]!;
//Type = System.Text.Json.Nodes.JsonValue`1[System.Text.Json.JsonElement]
//JSON = 25

// Get a typed value from a JsonNode.
int temperatureInt = (int)forecastNode["Temperature"]!;

// Get a typed value from a JsonNode by using GetValue<T>.
temperatureInt = forecastNode["Temperature"]!.GetValue<int>();

// Get a JSON object from a JsonNode.
JsonNode temperatureRanges = forecastNode["TemperatureRanges"]!;
//Type = System.Text.Json.Nodes.JsonObject
//JSON = { "Cold":{ "High":20,"Low":-10},"Hot":{ "High":60,"Low":20} }

// Get a JSON array from a JsonNode.
JsonNode datesAvailable = forecastNode["DatesAvailable"]!;
//datesAvailable Type = System.Text.Json.Nodes.JsonArray
//datesAvailable JSON =["2019-08-01T00:00:00", "2019-08-02T00:00:00"]

// Get an array element value from a JsonArray.
JsonNode firstDateAvailable = datesAvailable[0]!;
//Type = System.Text.Json.Nodes.JsonValue`1[System.Text.Json.JsonElement]
//JSON = "2019-08-01T00:00:00"

// Get a typed value by chaining references.
int coldHighTemperature = (int)forecastNode["TemperatureRanges"]!["Cold"]!["High"]!;
//TemperatureRanges.Cold.High = 20

// Parse a JSON array
JsonNode datesNode = JsonNode.Parse(@"[""2019-08-01T00:00:00"",""2019-08-02T00:00:00""]")!;
JsonNode firstDate = datesNode[0]!.GetValue<DateTime>();
Console.WriteLine($"firstDate={ firstDate}");
//firstDate = "2019-08-01T00:00:00"

Using the low-level JSON reader/writer types

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using System.Text.Json;

var writerOptions = new JsonWriterOptions
    Indented = true

using var stream = new MemoryStream();
using var writer = new Utf8JsonWriter(stream, writerOptions);

writer.WriteString("date", DateTimeOffset.Parse("8/2/2023 9:00 AM"));
writer.WriteNumber("temp", 42);

var jsonBytes = stream.ToArray();
string json = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(jsonBytes);
// {
//   "date": "2023-08-02T09:00:00+00:00"
//   "temp": 42
// }

var readerOptions = new JsonReaderOptions
    AllowTrailingCommas = true,
    CommentHandling = JsonCommentHandling.Skip
var reader = new Utf8JsonReader(jsonBytes, readerOptions);

while (reader.Read())

    switch (reader.TokenType)
        case JsonTokenType.PropertyName:
        case JsonTokenType.String:
                string? text = reader.GetString();
                Console.Write(" ");

        case JsonTokenType.Number:
                int intValue = reader.GetInt32();
                Console.Write(" ");

            // Other token types elided for brevity
// StartObject
// PropertyName date
// String 2023-08-02T09:00:00+00:00
// PropertyName temp
// Number 42
// EndObject

Main Types

The main types provided by this library are:

  • System.Text.Json.Utf8JsonWriter
  • System.Text.Json.Utf8JsonReader
  • System.Text.Json.JsonSerializer
  • System.Text.Json.JsonConverter
  • System.Text.Json.JsonDocument
  • System.Text.Json.Nodes.JsonNode
  • System.Text.Json.Serialization.Metadata.JsonTypeInfo

Additional Documentation

Feedback & Contributing

System.Text.Json is released as open source under the MIT license. Bug reports and contributions are welcome at the GitHub repository.

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