PHP – Read JSON file

In this tutorial, we are going to see how to read JSON file with PHP. JSON is used to transmit data between a server and a client. Here is a basic example of what could be in a JSON file.

   "name" : "Alex",
   "age" :  "25",
   "address" : "New York"


How to read JSON file with PHP

We can get the contents of a JSON file instead of keeping it as a PHP string. This is what the file.json file will look like.

	"name" : "Alex",
	"age" :  "25",
	"address" : "New York"
}, {
	"name" : "Emily",
	"age" :  "18",
	"address" : "San Francisco"
}, {
	"name" : "Thomas",
	"age" :  "22",
	"address" : "Los Angeles"


And here is how we will get the data from the above file in PHP.

// path to your JSON file
$file = 'file.json'; 
// put the content of the file in a variable
$data = file_get_contents($file); 
// JSON decode
$obj = json_decode($data); 
// display the name of the first person
echo $obj[0]->name;


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