how to use JSON.stringify and json_decode() properly


Im trying to pass a mulitidimensional Javascript array to another page on my site by:

  • using JSON.stringify on the array

  • assigning the resultant value to an input field

  • posting that field to the second page

  • using json_decode on the posted value

  • then var_dump to test

  • (echo'ing the posted variable directly just to see if it came through at all)

Javascript on page one:

var JSONstr = JSON.stringify(fullInfoArray);
document.getElementById('JSONfullInfoArray').value= JSONstr;

php on page two:

$data = json_decode($_POST["JSONfullInfoArray"]);


The echo works fine but the var_dump returns NULL

What have I done wrong?

This got me fixed up:

$postedData = $_POST["JSONfullInfoArray"];
$tempData = str_replace("\\", "",$postedData);
$cleanData = json_decode($tempData);

Im not sure why but the post was coming through with a bunch of "\" characters separating each variable in the string

Figured it out using json_last_error() as sugested by Bart which returned JSON_ERROR_SYNTAX

This question is tagged with php javascript arrays json stringify

~ Asked on 2013-04-13 09:20:15

The Best Answer is


When you save some data using JSON.stringify() and then need to read that in php. The following code worked for me.

json_decode( html_entity_decode( stripslashes ($jsonString ) ) );

Thanks to @Thisguyhastwothumbs

~ Answered on 2018-03-07 11:54:14


When you use JSON stringify then use html_entity_decode first before json_decode.

$tempData = html_entity_decode($tempData);
$cleanData = json_decode($tempData);

~ Answered on 2014-03-26 10:27:15

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