How To Open JSON File on Windows and Mac?

A JSON file is a file that requires a different kind of software that can read and this file. A JSON file is a Javascript file and is usually supported by many different programming APIs. JSON is being preferred over XML nowadays because of its compact size it being easy to write. This article will help you to know better what a JSON file is, what are the problems due to which it doesn’t open, and how to open JSON file.

What Is A JSON File?

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Nation. They are used to exchange data between servers and websites. They are easy to exchange as they are small in size because they are text files written in javascript format.

Why JSON Files Don’t Open?

There can be a lot of reasons as to why your JSON file isn’t opening but the most likely one is that the proper program might be missing. To open a JSON file it is imperative that you have the right program. Without these programs, it is impossible to open these files. To open a JSON file you must have these following programs:

  • Firefox bookmark backup
  • Google gears Manifest Files
  • JavaScript Object Notation

The Programs To Open JSON File

A JSON file doesn’t open until and unless you have the right software. There is a multitude of applications that allow you to open a JSON file but there are a few tops of the line ones that make opening and editing these files easy and simple here is a list of the different software:

These are the few apps that will help you to open a JSON file and also edit them.

How To Open JSON File?

Here is a step by step guide on opening a JSON file.

1. Windows PC

  1. Click on the “start” menu on the taskbar.
  2. In the search bar type in “Notepad” and hit enter, this will open your notepad application.
  3. Once you’ve opened notepad on the top left corner click on “file” and then go and click on open in the drop-down menu.
  4. After this, a new window will open where you need to change the type of file to open to “all files”.
  5. Now find the .Json file that you want to open and then click on it.
  6. This will open up the .Json file.

Set A Default Application To Open This File

To set a default application for a file is quite simple you just head down to the Settings panel then click on Apps then click on Default apps. Next click on Set Default by File Type which will be at the bottom of the window. After you click this a window will pop up asking you to choose a default program like notepad, etc. You can choose whichever application you prefer.

Additional Problems

If you already have software on which you can view or edit a JSON file then you might have received or downloaded a corrupted file. In this case, you might want to re-download the file to fix this problem.

2. Mac OS

To open JSON file in a Mac it’s very easy you don’t have to download any external software to view these files. You can open and edit these files in the Apple TextEdit.

How To Open A Zip file

A zip file is the most common type of file that you might have seen that is a compressed version of a normal file. This is done so that the normal file takes up less space in its compressed format. This can be very helpful if you have to send a big file through a mail. Here is a step by step guide on how to open a Zip file.

Step 1

Navigate to the zip file that you want to open. Click on the file and then you will see an option that says “extract”.

Step 2

Click on “extract” and then click on “extract all”.

Step 3

This will open a new window that will ask you to select a folder where you want to save the extracted files (there will already be a default storage location selected).

Step 4

After doing this check the box that says “Show extracted files when complete” and then hit “Extract”.

Step 5

After the procedure has completed you will see your extracted files.

NOTE: Windows 10 by default comes with a zip file extractor, therefore, you do not need any third party Softwares to open these files


JSON files and Zip files are pretty easy to open and view if you have the proper Softwares. If you need to edit a JSON file you will need a different software that is mentioned above. I hope this article has helped you with your problem. Once you’ve opened these files make sure to select the default program you want them to open with. That’s all folks.