Get a specified element out of a JSON text using a path expression.

Optionally convert the extracted string to a specific type.

The extract_json() and extractjson() functions are equivalent


extract_json(jsonPath, dataSource, type)

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Name Type Required Description
jsonPath string ✔️ A JSONPath that defines an accessor into the JSON document.
dataSource string ✔️ A JSON document.
type string An optional type literal. If provided, the extracted value is converted to this type. For example, typeof(long) will convert the extracted value to a long.

Performance tips

  • Apply where-clauses before using extract_json().
  • Consider using a regular expression match with extract instead. This can run very much faster, and is effective if the JSON is produced from a template.
  • Use parse_json() if you need to extract more than one value from the JSON.
  • Consider having the JSON parsed at ingestion by declaring the type of the column to be dynamic.


This function performs a JSONPath query into dataSource, which contains a valid JSON string, optionally converting that value to another type depending on the third argument.


let json = '{"name": "John", "age": 30, "city": "New York"}';
print extract_json("$.name", json, typeof(string));