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How to read Json array data using JsonArray?

This page shows how to read Json array data using JsonArray object.

Note: Refer How to read Json data using JsonReader? page for dependent libraries.

Here is the input json file:

Json Input File:
    "emp_id": 1017,
    "emp_name": "Nagesh Y",
    "emp_designation": "Manager",
    "department": "Java2Novice",
    "salary": 30000,
    "direct_reports": [
        "Nataraj G",
    "address": {
        "street":"MG Road",

Java example to read json array data:

package com.javaapi.json.examples;


import javax.json.Json;
import javax.json.JsonArray;
import javax.json.JsonObject;
import javax.json.JsonReader;
import javax.json.JsonValue;

public class ReadJsonArrayEx {

	public static void main(String a[]){
		File jsonInputFile = new File("/Users/java2novice/jsonInput.txt");
		InputStream is;
		try {
			is = new FileInputStream(jsonInputFile);
			// Create JsonReader from Json.
			JsonReader reader = Json.createReader(is);
			// Get the JsonObject structure from JsonReader.
			JsonObject empObj = reader.readObject();
			// read string data
	        System.out.println("Emp Name: " + empObj.getString("emp_name"));
	        // read json array
	        JsonArray arrObj = empObj.getJsonArray("direct_reports");
	        System.out.println("\nDirect Reports:");
	        for(JsonValue value : arrObj){
		} catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block

Emp Name: Nagesh Y

Direct Reports:
"Nataraj G"
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