Python urllib2: Receive JSON response from url


Question

I am trying to GET a URL using Python and the response is JSON. However, when I run

import urllib2
response = urllib2.urlopen('https://api.instagram.com/v1/tags/pizza/media/XXXXXX')
html=response.read()
print html

The html is of type str and I am expecting a JSON. Is there any way I can capture the response as JSON or a python dictionary instead of a str.

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12/17/2012 8:46:07 PM

Accepted Answer

If the URL is returning valid JSON-encoded data, use the json library to decode that:

import urllib2
import json

response = urllib2.urlopen('https://api.instagram.com/v1/tags/pizza/media/XXXXXX')
data = json.load(response)   
print data
179
12/17/2012 8:47:46 PM

import json
import urllib

url = 'http://example.com/file.json'
r = urllib.request.urlopen(url)
data = json.loads(r.read().decode(r.info().get_param('charset') or 'utf-8'))
print(data)

urllib, for Python 3.4
HTTPMessage, returned by r.info()


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