[SOLVED] Why doesn't json.loads('{"Testing": "This quo\\\\"te String"}')) work?


I’m trying to understand why the code below doesn’t work in Python:

import json

s = json.loads(' {"Testing" : "This quo\\\\"te String"} ')


Theoretically, what I should get back is {'Testing' : 'This quo\"te String'}.

These ones work fine:

print(json.loads(' {"Testing" : "This quo\\"te String"} ')) ----> {'Testing' : 'This quo"te String'}

print(json.loads(' {"Testing" :"This quo\\\\\\"te String"}')) ----> {'Testing' : 'This quo\\"te String'}

I’m guessing it has something to do with the Idiosyncrasy of having a \" in the dict, but can’t figure out what exactly is happening.


The string This quo\"te String requires two escapes in normal Python: one for the \ and one for the ", making three backslashes in all:

>>> print("This quo\\\"te String")
This quo\"te String

For json, all those backslashes must be themselves escaped, because the string is embedded inside another string. Thus, six backslashes are required in total:

>>> print(json.loads('"This quo\\\\\\"te String"'))
This quo\"te String

However, if raw-strings are used, no extra escapes are required:

>>> print(json.loads(r'"This quo\\\"te String"'))
This quo\"te String

In your first example, the four backslashes will be parsed as a single literal \ (i.e. as an escaped backslash), leaving the " unescaped.

Note that it makes no difference if the string is inside a dict – the result will be exactly the same:

>>> dct = json.loads('{"Testing": "This quo\\\\\\"te String"}')
>>> print(dct['Testing'])
This quo\"te String

Answered By – ekhumoro

Answer Checked By – Candace Johnson (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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