Formatted json string in shell

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Sometimes it is necessary to view json data in the terminal environment, such as when using the curl debugging interface. The directly seen json data is similar to this:

 $ echo '{"foo": "lorem", "bar": "ipsum"}' {"foo": "lorem", "bar": "ipsum"}

If you want to format and display json data in a more intuitive way, you can use the standard library json provided by python3 to achieve:

 $ echo '{"foo": "lorem", "bar": "ipsum"}' | python3 -m json.tool { "foo": "lorem", "bar": "ipsum" }

To make it easier to use this tool, you can set an alias for it:

Write the following to ~/.bashrc or another of your shell configuration files:

 alias pjson='python3 -m json.tool'

Execute source ~/.bashrc

Then you can use it in this shell like this:

 $ echo '{"foo": "lorem", "bar": "ipsum"}' | pjson { "foo": "lorem", "bar": "ipsum" }

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