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Part of the mangos monorepo of data wrangling tools.

JXPath is an adaption of XPath query language for XML, but applied to JS objects (hidrated from json or yaml files).

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npm install @mangos/jxpath

Differences with XPath

JS Objects (unlike XML) dont have attributes. This means JXPath query language omits XPath constructs that select attributes.

Differences with json-path

  • jxpath is very efficient slicing extreemly large JS objects without creating intermediate results (its a generator function returning an iterator, aka "just in time"/"lazy" slicing of the JS object data).
  • jxpath has a parent operater /../ unavailable in json-path, in json-path the /../ this is a recursive descent operator
  • jxpath has full regular expression to select for both property names and property values

Query operators overview

operator jxpath example
literal_text exact selector /persons/adress/city
.. parent selector /persons/adress/[zip=/$FL/]/../firstName
** recursive descent [/employees/**/[name=Clark Kent]/address
[key=value] predicate [city=London], [city=/town$/], [/name$/=/^Smith/]
[regexp1=regexp2] regexp predicate (including regexp flags) [city=/town$/igm], [/name$/=/^Smith/], [/name$/=Mr Dubois]

Note: more operators will be implemented, create an issue if you have an idea for a novice operator

Query "path" elements are seperated by / token and predicates are enclosed between /[ ]/ tokens.

JXPath alaws returns a array of values/objects, if nothing was selected by the query the array will be empty.

JXPath navigates through arrays and objects agnosticly.

Look the the following JS object:

const data = {
    manager: {
        firstName: 'Big',
        lastName: 'Boss'
    employees: [ 
            firstName: 'Tammy',
            lastName: 'Brant',
            address: {
                zip: 'AL 36104'
                city: 'Calumet City',
                street: '837 West St.'
            firstName: 'Roy',
            lastName: 'White',
            address: {
                zip: 'AL 36487',
                city: 'Tullahoma',
                street: '843 Golden Star Avenue'
            firstName: 'James',
            lastName: 'Kirk',
            address: {
                zip: 'FL 32301',
                city: 'Jackson Heights',
                street: '572 Myrtle Avenue'
const  path =  // see examples below
const jxpath = require('@mangos/jxpath');
const iterator = jxpath( path , data); // returns iterator, lazy lexing
console.log( Array.from( iterator );
//-> result , see below

The /employees/ is an array of objects, and /manager is single nested object, JXPath query treats them both agnosticly.

Predicate [..] query selector

Predicates have the general pattern /[key=value]/; both key and value can be regular expressions

regular expression predicates

The regular expresion predicate will take flags igmsuy after the last regexp delimiter /.

  • A path of /employees/[firstName=/(Tammy|Roy)/]/lastName would return the the lastNames: [ 'Brant', 'White' ] omitting Kirk.
  • A path of /employees/[/Name$/=/.*/]/firstName would return the first-and lastNames combined: [ 'Tammy', 'Brant' , 'Roy' , 'White' , 'James' , 'Kirk' ]
  • A path of /manager/[/Name$/i=/^B/i] (not the use of the i flag) will return the object value manager since both firstName and lastName match the left side expression and both values start with the upperCase B (or lowerCase b because of the use of flag i).

literal predicates

  • A path of /manager/firstName returns the result [ 'Big' ].
  • A path of /employees/firstName returns the result [ 'Tammy', 'Roy', 'James' ].
  • A path of /employees/non-existant-path returns an empty result [].

Parent selector

A parent selector is the two dots .. as it is in XPath.

  • A path of /employees/address/[zip=/^AL/]/../firstName will give back the result [ 'Tammy', 'Roy', ], aka all first names of employees having a zipcode starting with AL.

Recursive descent selector

A recursive descent selector is the ** as it is in XPath.

  • A path of /**/zip will give back the zip prop values in the JS object (descending through objects or array of objects). Result ['AL 36104','AL 36487', 'FL 32301'].


Can use jxpath in a curried fashion

const  path =  // see examples 
const jxpath = require('@mangos/jxpath');
const curry = jxpath( path ); // curried 
const iterator = curry(data); // process data, re-use the curried version

Ignore property names

Can use jxpath can ignore properties (especially handy if the object has circular references).

  • The third argument in the jxpath is a singular field containing the name of the property to ignore (recursivly found in objects).
  • The second argument in the curried form of jxpath is a singular field containing the name of the property to ignore (recursivly found in objects).
const  path =  '**/[city=New York]/../firstName';
const jxpath = require('@mangos/jxpath');
// curried form
const curry = jxpath( path ); // curried 
const iterator = curry(data, 'parent' ); // ignore "parent" property when doing recursive descent
// non curried form
const iterator = jxpath( path, data, 'parent' ); // ignore "parent" property when doing recursive descent


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