Use the python function in a bash script - to parse JSON


I have a bash script that is aimed at parsing the JSON formatted data. I learned from an earlier query on this forum that bash is not good at parsing JSON, and so intend to use a python function to do the parsing:

The following is the code snippet:


set -e

declare -a data_id
declare -a data_tid

function parse_data () {
    python <<EOF
import json
parsed = json.loads('''${@}''')

data_id = []
data_tid = []
for child in parsed['params']['children'][0]:
    print 'id: %s' % (child['data']['id'])
    print 'tid: %s' % (child['data']['tid'])

parse_data $json

The data stored in 'json' would look like this:

    "cid": "1",
    "code": null,
    "error": null,
    "params": {
        "children": [
                "value": {
                    "id": "0123456789",
                    "tid": "a.b.c"
                "data": {
                    "id": "0987654321",
                    "tid": "p.q.r"
                "tid": "m.n.o.p",
        "tid": "m.n.o.p"
    "reason": null,
    "result": true

I'd like the script to be able to extract the 'id' and 'tid' fields from under 'data', into separate arrays. But the script execution fails as follows:

[email protected]# ./
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 7, in <module>
TypeError: string indices must be integers

Any idea on what's wrong?

Leave of the [0]:

for child in parsed['params']['children']:

otherwise you are looping over the keys of the first entry in the children list.

Alternatively, if there is only ever one entry in that list, don't loop, but directly assign:

child = parsed['params']['children'][0]
print 'id: %s' % (child['data']['id'])
print 'tid: %s' % (child['data']['tid'])