How to read an external local JSON file in JavaScript?


I have saved a JSON file in my local system and created a JavaScript file in order to read the JSON file and print data out. Here is the JSON file:


Let’s say this is the path of the JSON file: /Users/Documents/workspace/test.json.

Could anyone please help me write a simple piece of code to read the JSON file and print the data in JavaScript?


You cannot make a AJAX call to a local resource as the request is made using HTTP.

A workaround is to run a local webserver, serve up the file and make the AJAX call to localhost.

In terms of helping you write code to read JSON, you should read the documentation for jQuery.getJSON():


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