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Problem :

I am trying to figure out the good way to load the JSON objects in the Python. I send below json data:

{'http://example.org/about': {'http://purl.org/dc/terms/title': [{'type': 'literal', 'value': "Anna's Homepage"}]}}

To my backend where it should be received as the string then I used the json.loads(data) to parse it.

But each time I got a same below exception :

“ValueError: Expecting property name enclosed in double quotes: line 1 column 2 (char 1)”

I did lot of research on it but nothing seems to work for me. 

Any suggestions on my issue will be much appreciated.

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Solution :

The below one is not the correct JSON.

{'http://example.org/about': {'http://purl.org/dc/terms/title': [{'type': 'literal', 'value': "Anna's Homepage"}]}}

The below one is the correct JSON.

{"http://example.org/about": {"http://purl.org/dc/terms/title": [{"type": "literal", "value": "Anna's Homepage"}]}}


I had the similar problem in the recent past. The two components while communicating with each other were using the queue .

The First component was not doing the json.dumps before putting the message to queue. So a JSON string generated by the receiving component was in the single quotes. This was causing the below error

Expecting property name enclosed in double quotes”

Adding the json.dumps started creating the correctly formatted JSON & solved my issue.

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{'http://example.org/about': {'http://purl.org/dc/terms/title': [{'type': 'literal', 'value': "Anna's Homepage"}]}}

is not JSON.

{"http://example.org/about": {"http://purl.org/dc/terms/title": [{"type": "literal", "value": "Anna's Homepage"}]}}

is JSON.

JSON specification - RFC7159 explains that a string statrts and ends with quotation mark. That is ". Single quoute ' has no semantic interpretation in JSON and is approved just inside a string.

as JSON just approves enclosing strings with double quotes you can manipulate the string :

str = str.replace("\'", "\"")

This will replace all intances of single quote with double quote in the JSON string str.

You can also employ js-beautify which is less strict:

$ pip install jsbeautifier
$ js-beautify file.js

In my instance, double quotes was not a problem.

Last comma gave me similar error message.


To dispel this comma, I wrote few easy code.

import json

with open('a.json','r') as f:
    s = f.read()
    s = s.replace('\t','')
    s = s.replace('\n','')
    s = s.replace(',}','}')
    s = s.replace(',]',']')
    data = json.loads(s)

I've inspected your JSON data

{'http://example.org/about': {'http://purl.org/dc/terms/title': [{'type': 'literal', 'value': "Anna's Homepage"}]}}

in http://jsonlint.com/ and the results :

Error: Parse error on line 1:
{   'http://example.org/
Expecting 'STRING', '}', got 'undefined'

Tempering it to the following string resolve the JSON error:

    "http://example.org/about": {
        "http://purl.org/dc/terms/title": [{
            "type": "literal",
            "value": "Anna's Homepage"

JSON strings should use double quotes. The JSON python library introduces this so you are unable to load your string. Your data requires to look like this:

{"http://example.org/about": {"http://purl.org/dc/terms/title": [{"type": "literal", "value": "Anna's Homepage"}]}}

In case that's not something you can practice, you could use ast.literal_eval() instead of json.loads()

As it definitely tells in error, names must be confined in double quotes instead of single quotes. The string you pass is only not a valid JSON. It must look like

{"http://example.org/about": {"http://purl.org/dc/terms/title": [{"type": "literal", "value": "Anna's Homepage"}]}}

I employed this process and managed to get the desired output. my script

x = "{'inner-temperature': 31.73, 'outer-temperature': 28.38, 'keys-value': 0}"

x = x.replace("'", '"')
j = json.loads(x)


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