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This is a small utility library allowing you to translate the shape of a JSON document. Let's say we have the following json (A description of a Pizza):

  "ingredients": [
      "name": "pepperoni",
      "sugar": 12.0,
      "fat": 4.4
      "name": "onions",
      "sugar": 1.0,
      "fat": 0.4
  "vegetarian": false,
  "vegan": false,
  "calories": 98,
  "fieldName": "pepperoni"

using the library one can apply to types of queries:

  • to flatten it
  • to retain the structure while cherry-picking and/or rename fields The difference between the two is marked by the withstructure* keyword. If this is missing you will end up flattening the structure. This library is dependant on Apache Calcite library. Providing 'FROM X' is not mandatory; it will be ignored anyway

Let's take a look at the flatten first. There are cases when you are receiving a nested json and you want to flatten the structure while being able to cherry pick the fields and rename them. Imagine we have the following JSON:

  "name": "Rick",
  "address": {
    "street": {
      "name": "Rock St"
    "street2": {
      "name": "Sunset Boulevard"
    "city": "MtV",
    "state": "CA",
    "zip": "94041",
    "country": "USA"

Applying this SQL like syntax

    address.street.*, as streetName2 

the projected new JSON is:

  "name": "Rick",
  "name_1": "Rock St",
  "streetName2": "Sunset Boulevard"

There are scenarios where you might want to rename fields and maybe reorder them. By applying this SQL like syntax on the Pizza JSON

       name, as fieldName, 
       ingredients.sugar as fieldSugar, 
       calories as cals 

we end up projecting the first structure into this one:

  "name": "pepperoni",
  "ingredients": [
      "fieldName": "pepperoni",
      "fieldSugar": 12.0,
      "fat": 4.4
      "fieldName": "onions",
      "fieldSugar": 1.0,
      "fat": 0.4
  "cals": 98

Flatten rules

  • you can't flatten a json containing array fields
  • when flattening and the column name has already been used it will get a index appended. For example if field name appears twice and you don't specifically rename the second instance (name as renamedName) the new json will end up containing: name and name_1

How to use it

import JsonSql._
val json: JsonNode= ...
json.sql("SELECT name, as streetName")

As simple as that!

Query Examples

You can find more examples in the unit tests, however here are a few used:

  • flattening
//rename and only pick fields on first level
SELECT calories as C ,vegan as V ,name as fieldName 

//Cherry pick fields on different levels in the structure
SELECT name, as streetName 

//Select and rename fields on nested level
SELECT name, address.street.*, as streetName2 
  • retaining the structure
//you can select itself - obviousely no real gain on this
SELECT *  withstructure 

//rename a field 
SELECT *, name as fieldName  withstructure

//rename a complex field
SELECT *, ingredients as stuff  withstructure

//select a single field
SELECT vegan  withstructure

//rename and only select nested fields
SELECT as fieldName, ingredients.sugar as fieldSugar, ingredients.*  withstructure
  • selecting a nested object
//select the nested address object on a person
SELECT address

Release Notes

2.0 (2020-01-01)

  • Update to scala 2.12

0.1 (2017-04-17)

  • first release


  • Support added for selecting nested JSON objects. This can be useful for inserting user defined types (UDTs) in Cassandra, for example.


Requires gradle 5.0 to build.

To build

gradle compile

To test

gradle test

You can also use the gradle wrapper

./gradlew build

To view dependency trees

gradle dependencies #