Json & XML Formating on Mac CommandLine

14 October, 2015 - 1 min read

print formatted JSON, XML from osx command line
Working with various interfaces that output json or xml results in lots of situations where you have a single-line, unformatted output. Here's a quick way to format json, xml from the CLI.

via the command line:

format json

cat unformatted.json | python -m json.tool
format json from clipboard

pbpaste | python -m json.tool
format xml from clipboard

pbpaste | xmllint --format -
xmllint is part of libxml2 and installed by default on OSX. Be aware that xmllint cleans up XML as well as formatting it, ocassionally modifying the output.
for all above examples, you can pipe back to the clipboard with | pbcopy at the end of the command, or output to a file with > output.json or > output.xml.