user310291 user310291 - 1 year ago 64
JSON Question

Why can't I use ' instead of " for JSON string?

I have a very basic json string, to my surprise I got this error :

Json unexpected token at position 1

var jsonString = "{'name': 'john'}";

It works if I switch ' with " but for what reason would I need to do so since in javascript string ' and " are supposedly equivalent ?

Answer Source

Switch your single and double quotation marks

var jsonString = '{"name": "john"}';

JSON is not equal to Javascript

JSON is a text format that is completely language independent but uses conventions that are familiar to programmers of the C-family of languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python, and many others. These properties make JSON an ideal data-interchange language. (

You can verify the allowed JSON syntax here

In the syntax-definition for a string, you can see that 'is not allowed.

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