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Streaming JSON data into Max

August 20, 2013 | 9:42 am


So I have some data within a JSON package that I’d like to stream into Max. I then intend to manipulate the data in Max. Are there any objects that enable this? If not, does any body have any suggestions as to how to go about achieving this?


August 20, 2013 | 10:11 am

I just did this in a very brute-force way; reading through the file line-by-line and unpacking/parsing. That was lame, I wouldn’t recommend it.

JavaScript is the obvious solution; I’ll see if I can put that together.

August 20, 2013 | 10:31 am

Something like this should work:

function readlines(s)
var f = new File(s);
var i,a,c;

if (f.isopen) {
while ((a=f.readline()) && i<10) { // returns a string
var parsed = JSON.parse(a);
outlet(0, + " " + parsed.value);
} else {
post("could not open file: " + s + "\n");

August 20, 2013 | 10:58 am

some json parsing here:

i used some 3rd party code. not sure if that is no longer needed in max6

August 20, 2013 | 1:16 pm

The [dict] object can read and write json files…

January 10, 2014 | 3:00 am

Hi mzed – re: your post on putting together a way to use javascript for reading json data – have you made anything that can do this yet or should i use the [dict] object as suggested at the end of this thread?

thanks anom

January 10, 2014 | 5:14 am

Using the dict object with Javascript can probably do everything you want. There’s a lot of information in the documentation and on the forums.

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