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Python – Difference between json.dump() and json.dumps()
  • Last Updated : 06 Mar, 2020

JSON is a lightweight data format for data interchange which can be easily read and written by humans, easily parsed and generated by machines. It is a complete language-independent text format. To work with JSON data, Python has a built-in package called json.

Note: For more information, refer to Working With JSON Data in Python

json.dumps()

json.dumps() method can convert a Python object into a JSON string.

Syntax: json.dumps(dict, indent)

Parameters:



  • dictionary – name of dictionary which should be converted to JSON object.
  • indent – defines the number of units for indentation

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# Python program to convert 
# Python to JSON 
     
     
import json 
     
# Data to be written 
dictionary =
  "id": "04"
  "name": "sunil"
  "depatment": "HR"
     
# Serializing json  
json_object = json.dumps(dictionary, indent = 4
print(json_object)

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Output:

{
    "depatment": "HR",
    "id": "04",
    "name": "sunil"
}

Python objects and their equivalent conversion to JSON:

Python JSON Equivalent
dict object
list, tuple array
str string
int, float number
True true
False false
None null

json.dump()

json.dump() method can be used for writing to JSON file.

Syntax: json.dump(dict, file_pointer)

Parameters:

  • dictionary – name of dictionary which should be converted to JSON object.
  • file pointer – pointer of the file opened in write or append mode.

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# Python program to write JSON
# to a file
   
   
import json
   
# Data to be written
dictionary ={
    "name" : "sathiyajith",
    "rollno" : 56,
    "cgpa" : 8.6,
    "phonenumber" : "9976770500"
}
   
with open("sample.json", "w") as outfile:
    json.dump(dictionary, outfile)

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Output:

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