What do you do if you need to compact a JSON document but the file has more than 400 MB and 20 Million lines? Or the other way around, you have a large document and it is impossible to read because it has no formatting? So you need a JSON editor which can do two things for you. The editor can open and view really large text files and it needs to know how to format or compact your JSON data. Luckily, JSONBuddy can do both for you.
Simply select your large JSON document in the built-in File Explorer window. You can also select multiple files if you need to do this for several documents:
Run either the “Pretty-print JSON” or “Remove whitespace from JSON” command from the JSON menu. JSONBuddy will save the output document next to the original JSON with a new file name. You will still have the original content as before on your disk.
Of course, you can run both commands on the current document in the JSON editor.
The JSON schema standard does not define a way to reference local or remote schema files for validation from within the JSON instance document. A JSON validator needs to support a way to load and assign schemas to the JSON data. Just setting a single root schema is not sufficient, if the schema itself references other components with $ref and $id. A JSON schema is identified by its $id and not by a local or remote path (Uri).
To address this, a schema pool can hold any number of JSON Schema files. One of those schemas is also set as the root schema in the configuration file.
Selecting a JSON Schema pool
In JSONBuddy, a schema for the active document can be selected using the Quick Associations pane. You can either set a pool or a local or remote path to the root schema as an alternative. If a schema pool is selected, the edit field to enter a path is disabled. The current schema pool assignment can be cleared with the red X button to the right.
The schema pools configuration file
All available JSON schema pools are configured using a settings document. This JSON file can be opened in JSONBuddy with the “Open config…” button. Add and edit the single pool entries directly in the JSON editor to change the configuration. Save the JSON file as usual and use the “Reload” button of the “Quick Associations” pane to apply the modifications to the schema pools used for JSON validation.
Here is an example of a simple schema pools configuration file: