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How to read specific json node in Jackson api (tree model)?

This page shows how to read Json data in tree model using JsonNode.

Note: Refer How to convert Java object to JSON string? page for dependent libraries.

Here is the input json file:

Json Input:
    "emp_id": 1017,
    "emp_name": "Nagesh Y",
    "emp_designation": "Manager",
    "department": "Java2Novice",
    "salary": 30000,
    "direct_reports": [
        "Nataraj G",

package com.java2novice.json.examples;

import java.util.Iterator;

import org.codehaus.jackson.JsonNode;

public class JsonTreeModleReadEx {

	public static void main(String a[]){
		ObjectMapper mapper = new ObjectMapper();
		try {
			// reading json input from the file and mapping to object
			File jsonInputFile = new File("/Users/java2novice/jsonInput.txt");
			JsonNode rootNode = mapper.readTree(jsonInputFile);
			// read employee id
			JsonNode empId = rootNode.path("emp_id");
			// read employee name
			JsonNode empName = rootNode.path("emp_name");
			// read direct reports
			JsonNode drNode = rootNode.path("direct_reports");
			Iterator<JsonNode> itr = drNode.getElements();
			System.out.println("\nDirect reports:");
			while (itr.hasNext()) {
				JsonNode temp =;
		} catch (IOException e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block

Nagesh Y

Direct reports:
Nataraj G
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