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json_pointer operator ""_json_pointer(const char* s, std::size_t n);

This operator implements a user-defined string literal for JSON Pointers. It can be used by adding _json_pointer to a string literal and returns a json_pointer object if no parse error occurred.

It is recommended to bring the operator into scope using any of the following lines:

using nlohmann::literals::operator ""_json_pointer;
using namespace nlohmann::literals;
using namespace nlohmann::json_literals;
using namespace nlohmann::literals::json_literals;
using namespace nlohmann;
This is suggested to ease migration to the next major version release of the library. See 'JSON_USE_GLOBAL_UDLS` for details.


s (in)
a string representation of a JSON Pointer
n (in)
length of string s

Return value

json_pointer value parsed from s


The function can throw anything that json_pointer::json_pointer would throw.





The following code shows how to create JSON Pointers from string literals.

#include <iostream>
#include <iomanip>
#include <nlohmann/json.hpp>

using json = nlohmann::json;
using namespace nlohmann::literals;

int main()
    json j = R"( {"hello": "world", "answer": 42} )"_json;
    auto val = j["/hello"_json_pointer];

    std::cout << std::setw(2) << val << '\n';



See also

Version history

  • Added in version 2.0.0.
  • Moved to namespace nlohmann::literals::json_literals in 3.11.0.

Last update: September 23, 2023