What are the differences between json and simplejson Python modules? What are the differences between json and simplejson Python modules? python python

What are the differences between json and simplejson Python modules?


json is simplejson, added to the stdlib. But since json was added in 2.6, simplejson has the advantage of working on more Python versions (2.4+).

simplejson is also updated more frequently than Python, so if you need (or want) the latest version, it's best to use simplejson itself, if possible.

A good practice, in my opinion, is to use one or the other as a fallback.

try:    import simplejson as jsonexcept ImportError:    import json


I have to disagree with the other answers: the built in json library (in Python 2.7) is not necessarily slower than simplejson. It also doesn't have this annoying unicode bug.

Here is a simple benchmark:

import jsonimport simplejsonfrom timeit import repeatNUMBER = 100000REPEAT = 10def compare_json_and_simplejson(data):    """Compare json and simplejson - dumps and loads"""    compare_json_and_simplejson.data = data    compare_json_and_simplejson.dump = json.dumps(data)    assert json.dumps(data) == simplejson.dumps(data)    result = min(repeat("json.dumps(compare_json_and_simplejson.data)", "from __main__ import json, compare_json_and_simplejson",                  repeat = REPEAT, number = NUMBER))    print "      json dumps {} seconds".format(result)    result = min(repeat("simplejson.dumps(compare_json_and_simplejson.data)", "from __main__ import simplejson, compare_json_and_simplejson",                  repeat = REPEAT, number = NUMBER))    print "simplejson dumps {} seconds".format(result)    assert json.loads(compare_json_and_simplejson.dump) == data    result = min(repeat("json.loads(compare_json_and_simplejson.dump)", "from __main__ import json, compare_json_and_simplejson",                  repeat = REPEAT, number = NUMBER))    print "      json loads {} seconds".format(result)    result = min(repeat("simplejson.loads(compare_json_and_simplejson.dump)", "from __main__ import simplejson, compare_json_and_simplejson",                  repeat = REPEAT, number = NUMBER))    print "simplejson loads {} seconds".format(result)print "Complex real world data:" COMPLEX_DATA = {'status': 1, 'timestamp': 1362323499.23, 'site_code': 'testing123', 'remote_address': '212.179.220.18', 'input_text': u'ny monday for less than \u20aa123', 'locale_value': 'UK', 'eva_version': 'v1.0.3286', 'message': 'Successful Parse', 'muuid1': '11e2-8414-a5e9e0fd-95a6-12313913cc26', 'api_reply': {"api_reply": {"Money": {"Currency": "ILS", "Amount": "123", "Restriction": "Less"}, "ProcessedText": "ny monday for less than \\u20aa123", "Locations": [{"Index": 0, "Derived From": "Default", "Home": "Default", "Departure": {"Date": "2013-03-04"}, "Next": 10}, {"Arrival": {"Date": "2013-03-04", "Calculated": True}, "Index": 10, "All Airports Code": "NYC", "Airports": "EWR,JFK,LGA,PHL", "Name": "New York City, New York, United States (GID=5128581)", "Latitude": 40.71427, "Country": "US", "Type": "City", "Geoid": 5128581, "Longitude": -74.00597}]}}}compare_json_and_simplejson(COMPLEX_DATA)print "\nSimple data:"SIMPLE_DATA = [1, 2, 3, "asasd", {'a':'b'}]compare_json_and_simplejson(SIMPLE_DATA)

And the results on my system (Python 2.7.4, Linux 64-bit):

Complex real world data:
json dumps 1.56666707993 seconds
simplejson dumps 2.25638604164 seconds
json loads 2.71256899834 seconds
simplejson loads 1.29233884811 seconds

Simple data:
json dumps 0.370109081268 seconds
simplejson dumps 0.574181079865 seconds
json loads 0.422876119614 seconds
simplejson loads 0.270955085754 seconds

For dumping, json is faster than simplejson.For loading, simplejson is faster.

Since I am currently building a web service, dumps() is more important—and using a standard library is always preferred.

Also, cjson was not updated in the past 4 years, so I wouldn't touch it.


All of these answers aren't very helpful because they are time sensitive.

After doing some research of my own I found that simplejson is indeed faster than the builtin, if you keep it updated to the latest version.

pip/easy_install wanted to install 2.3.2 on ubuntu 12.04, but after finding out the latest simplejson version is actually 3.3.0, so I updated it and reran the time tests.

  • simplejson is about 3x faster than the builtin json at loads
  • simplejson is about 30% faster than the builtin json at dumps

Disclaimer:

The above statements are in python-2.7.3 and simplejson 3.3.0 (with c speedups)And to make sure my answer also isn't time sensitive, you should run your own tests to check since it varies so much between versions; there's no easy answer that isn't time sensitive.

How to tell if C speedups are enabled in simplejson:

import simplejson# If this is True, then c speedups are enabled.print bool(getattr(simplejson, '_speedups', False))

UPDATE: I recently came across a library called ujson that is performing ~3x faster than simplejson with some basic tests.


matomo