Crate arrow_json

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Transfer data between the Arrow memory format and JSON line-delimited records.

See the module level documentation for the reader and writer for usage examples.

§Binary Data

As per RFC7159 JSON cannot encode arbitrary binary data. A common approach to workaround this is to use a binary-to-text encoding scheme, such as base64, to encode the input data and then decode it on output.

// The data we want to write
let input = BinaryArray::from(vec![b"\xDE\x00\xFF".as_ref()]);

// Base64 encode it to a string
let encoded: StringArray = b64_encode(&BASE64_STANDARD, &input);

// Write the StringArray to JSON
let batch = RecordBatch::try_from_iter([("col", Arc::new(encoded) as _)]).unwrap();
let mut buf = Vec::with_capacity(1024);
let mut writer = LineDelimitedWriter::new(&mut buf);

// Read the JSON data
let cursor = Cursor::new(buf);
let mut reader = ReaderBuilder::new(batch.schema()).build(cursor).unwrap();
let batch =;

// Reverse the base64 encoding
let col: BinaryArray = batch.column(0).as_string::<i32>().clone().into();
let output = b64_decode(&BASE64_STANDARD, &col).unwrap();

assert_eq!(input, output);





  • Trait declaring any type that is serializable to JSON. This includes all primitive types (bool, i32, etc.).