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how to open JSON file

This post mainly details how to open JSON files on a PC and other devices. If you are beset with that, do not miss the guide. By the way, if you want to view what files are on your Windows 10 computer, you can give MiniTool Partition Wizard a try.

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JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is an open standard file format and data interchange format that uses human-readable text to store and transmit data objects consisting of attribute-value pairs and arrays (or other serializable values). It is a common data format with a diverse range of functionality in data interchange including communication of web applications with servers.Wikipedia

If you are unfamiliar with the definition of JSON files, you can check the above explanation from Wikipedia. In the following content, we directly show how to open JSON files on PCs and other devices.

How to Open JSON Files on PCs?

There are many ways to open a JSON file on a Windows computer. For example, you can use Notepad/Notepad++, Microsoft WordPad, Microsoft Word, and the like to view the JSON file. But note that if the JSON file is more than 150 KB, you can view it through Microsoft WordPad.

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For example, if you want to open a JSON File using Notepad, you should right-click the JSON file, choose the Open with option, and choose Notepad. Then it will look like the following screenshot, and not only can you view it, but also edit it as well.

open a JSON file using Notepad

Apart from using the above programs, you can also open JSON files through Google Chrome if the browser is installed on your Windows computer.

In Google Chrome, an extension called JSONView allows you to view the JSON data in a well-structured manner. Other extensions also allow you to do that, but this extension has a better reputation and over one million users.


Once you get the extension installed, whenever you view a JSO file inside Google Chrome it will automatically provide some syntax highlighting and not just plain text. An example is as follows.

So, it is easy to open JSON files on a Windows computer. Well, how about open JSON files on other devices? Keep reading.

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How to Open JSON Files on Other Devices?

It is also easy to open JSON files on other devices such as Android phones, iPhones, and so on.

For example, to open a JSON file on an Android phone, you can take advantage of a tool named File Viewer for Android. It is a free and program that allows users to open and view files. If you are using an iPhone, then you can utilize the app JSON Viewer to open JSON files. If you are using a macOS device, you can utilize the inbuilt Apple text editor to open JSON files.

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That’s all about how to open JSON files on Windows computers and other devices. You can leave the issues in the comment zone if you run into issues when oping JSON files. Once we receive the comments, we will try to help you solve them.

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