NonStatic NonStatic - 14 days ago 5
JSON Question

How to load a JSON file and convert it to an object of a specific type?

I have a type

FooObject
and I have a JSON file which was serialized from a
FooObject
instance. Now I want to use
ConvertFrom-Json
to load the JSON file to memory and covert the output of the command to a
FooObject
object, and then use the new object in a cmdlet
Set-Bar
which only accept
FooObject
as the parameter type.

But I notice that the output type of
ConvertFrom-Json
is
PSCustomObject
and I did not find any way to convert
PSCustomObject
to
FooObject
.

Answer

Try casting the custom object to FooObject:

$foo = [FooObject](Get-Content 'C:\path\to\your.json' | Out-String | ConvertFrom-Json)

If that doesn't work, try constructing the FooObject instance with the properties of the input object (provided the class has a constructor like that):

$json = Get-Content 'C:\path\to\your.json' | Out-String | ConvertFrom-Json
$foo = New-Object FooObject ($json.Foo, $json.Bar, $json.Baz)

If that also doesn't work you need to create an empty FooObject instance and update its properties afterwards:

$json = Get-Content 'C:\path\to\your.json' | Out-String | ConvertFrom-Json
$foo = New-Object FooObject
$foo.AA = $json.Foo
$foo.BB = $json.Bar
$foo.CC = $json.Baz