Samiella Samiella - 3 months ago 10x
JSON Question

make a dict/json from string with duplicate keys Python

I have a string that could be parsed as a json or dict object. My string variable looks like this :

my_string_variable = "{
"b": {

When I do
, I have a dict but only the second value of the key "b" is kept, which is normal because a dict can't contain duplicate keys.

What would be the best way to have some sort of defaultdict like this :

result = {
'b': [{'b1':1,'b2':2}, { 'b1':3, 'b2':2,'b4':8 } ]

I have already looked for similar questions but they all deal with dicts or lists as an input and then create defaultdicts to handle the duplicate keys.

In my case I have a string variable and I would want to know if there is a simple way to achieve this :)

Thank you ^^


something like the following can be done.

import json

def join_duplicate_keys(ordered_pairs):
    d = {}
    for k, v in ordered_pairs:
        if k in d:
           if type(d[k]) == list:
               newlist = []
               d[k] = newlist
           d[k] = v
    return d

raw_post_data = '{"a":1, "b":{"b1":1,"b2":2}, "b": { "b1":3, "b2":2,"b4":8} }'
newdict = json.loads(raw_post_data, object_pairs_hook=join_duplicate_keys)
print (newdict)

Please note that above code depends on value type, if type(d[k]) == list. So if original string itself gives a list then there could be some error handling required to make the code robust.