jq is a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor.
jq is like
sed for JSON data - you can use it to slice and filter
and map and transform structured data with the same ease that
grep and friends let you play with text.
jq is written in portable C, and it has zero runtime
dependencies. You can download a single binary,
scp it to a far away
machine of the same type, and expect it to work.
jq can mangle the data format that you have into the one that you want with very little effort, and the program to do so is often shorter and simpler than you'd expect.
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7 September 2023
After a five-year hiatus, we've returned with a revitalized GitHub organization and a much-anticipated 1.7 release, thanks to our new admins and maintainers. Check out the download page for installation options and see the release notes for details.
- 1 November 2018
15 August 2015
jq 1.5 released, including new datetime, math, and regexp functions, try/catch syntax, array and object destructuring, a streaming parser, and a module system. See installation options on the download page, and the release notes for details.
26 July 2015
jq 1.5rc2 is available. Get it on the releases page.
01 January 2015
jq 1.5rc1 is available. Get it on the releases page.
09 June 2014
jq 1.4 (finally) released! Get it on the download page.
19 May 2013
jq 1.3 released.