Python updated json file is full of backslashes and newline characters

I have a python script where I am updating a json file with some of the key values to a particular value, but whenever I update the json file and try to write it to a different blank json file by using this:

file.write(json.loads(json.dumps(replaced_content.replace("\\n", ""))))

Result output json has a lot of slashes and new line characters

"List" : true,\n "Name" : ""\n },\n "Config" : {\n "Range" : {\n "min" : "0.1"\n },\n "Box" : true,\n "Check" : {\n "Value" : true,\n "Show" : false,\n "To" : false\n },\n \

How can I fix this?

I’m not sure what you’re doing. The normal way to change the data is to do something like this:

# Read the data.
with open(json_path, encoding="utf-8") as file:
    data = json.load(file)

# Change the data.

# Write the data.
with open(new_json_path, "w", encoding="utf-8") as file:
    json.dump(data, file)
# This is what I am trying to do
file1_json_path = '/Users/***/Desktop/testpr/file1.json'
file2_json_edited_path = '/Users/***/Desktop/testpr/testpr1/file2.json'
version1 = ""
version2 = "8.4"
json_content = ""
replaced_content = ""

#clone the file
dest = shutil.copy(file1_json_path, file2_json_edited_path)


#read the file
with open(file2_json_edited_path, encoding="utf-8") as jsonfile:
    json_content = json.dumps(
replaced_content = json_content.replace(version2, version1)

print("*******************the replaced content is************************* " + str(replaced_content))

 #writing the content back to the new file
with open(file2_json_edited_path, 'w', encoding="utf-8") as file:
    file.write(json.loads(json.dumps(replaced_content.replace("\\n", ""))))

Seems you could replace all of this after version2 = "8.4" with:

with open(file1_json_path, "r") as in_file:
    with open(file2_json_edited_path, "w") as out_file:
        out_file.write(, version1))

There’s no need to copy the file before modifying it, and there’s no need to parse the JSON if you just want to modify the raw text.

When you READ a file, use LOAD (or loads). When you WRITE a file, use DUMP (or dumps).

copying of file is on purpose, I need to maintain 2 versions of the file.

Thank you so much!

Oh wow! this worked! thank you so much!

Actually looks like there is one more thing that needs to get done here, I need to make sure the new file has all values replaced but not one.
for example: if in_file a json tag called is find I don’t want to replace that, but replace all others, what is the best way to get away with this?

Okay, if you don’t want a global string replacement, then you probably do want to parse and dump JSON, so that you can modify the contents as a dictionary before writing them to the new file. Here you would do something like:

with open(file1_json_path, "r") as in_file:
    struct = json.load(in_file)

# struct is a dictionary, modify it in place
struct['key1']['key2']['version'] = version2

with open(file2_json_edited_path, "w") as out_file:
    json.dump(struct, out_file)