Node.js - Parse simple JSON object and access keys and values


I am new to Node and struggling to access a simple JSON object. My request.body will have JSON content similar to the following:

    "store_config": [
            "name": "hello",
            "name2": "world"

The "store_config" value will always be present, however the keys and values within could be anything.

How can I iterate through the keys and values to access each? I would also like to process each in an asynchronous manner.

Appreciate any thoughts or direction.



Returns: Object

parsedBody = JSON.parse(request.body);


SyntaxError: Unexpected token o
    at Object.parse (native)

UPDATE 2 - Further debug:

When I try to iterate through the array, there is only a single value:

request.body.store_config.forEach(function(item, index) {



{ name: 'hello', name2: 'world' }
11/11/2012 7:07:17 PM

Accepted Answer

If request.body is already being parsed as JSON, you can just access the data as a JavaScript object; for example,


Otherwise, you'll need to parse it with JSON.parse:

parsedBody = JSON.parse(request.body);

Since store_config is an array, you can iterate over it:

request.body.store_config.forEach(function(item, index) {
  // `item` is the next item in the array
  // `index` is the numeric position in the array, e.g. `array[index] == item`

If you need to do asynchronous processing on each item in the array, and need to know when it's done, I recommend you take a look at an async helper library like async--in particular, async.forEach may be useful for you:

async.forEach(request.body.store_config, function(item, callback) {
  someAsyncFunction(item, callback);
}, function(err){
  // if any of the async callbacks produced an error, err would equal that error

I talk a little bit about asynchronous processing with the async library in this screencast.

11/11/2012 6:08:35 PM

Something like this:

config = JSON.parse(jsonString);
for(var i = 0; i < config.store_config.length; ++i) {
   for(key in config.store_config[i]) {, key, config.store_config[i][key]);

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