value - How to parse somewhat wrong JSON with Python?

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Pyparsing includes a JSON parser example, here is the online source. You could modify the definition of memberDef to allow a non-quoted string for the member name, and then you could use this to parser your not-quite-JSON source text.

This page also has info and a link to my article in the August, 2008 issue of Python Magazine, which has a lot more detailed info about this parser. The page shows some sample JSON, and code that accesses the parsed results like it was a deserialized object.

I have a following JSON string coming from external input source:

{value: "82363549923gnyh49c9djl239pjm01223", id: 17893}

This is wrong-formatted JSON string ("id" and "value" must be in quotes), but I need to parse it anyway. I have tried simplejson and json-py and seems they could not be set up to parse such strings.

I am running Python 2.5 on Google App engine, so any C-based solutions like python-cjson are not applicable.

Input format could be changed to XML or YAML, in adition to JSON listed above, but I am using JSON within the project and changing format in specific place would not be very good.

Now I've switched to XML and parsing the data successfully, but looking forward to any solution that would allow me to switch back to JSON.

You can use demjson.

>>> import demjson
>>> demjson.decode('{foo:3}')
{u'foo': 3}

since YAML (>=1.2) is a superset of JSON, you can do:

>>> import yaml
>>> s = '{value: "82363549923gnyh49c9djl239pjm01223", id: 17893}'
>>> yaml.load(s)
{'id': 17893, 'value': '82363549923gnyh49c9djl239pjm01223'}