I have an IP camera with armv5tejl architecture. There I have busybox. I have to be able to parse JSON responses from curl. The problem is that I don't have programs like:
jq, jshon, jsawk...
It is hard to instal them for this architecture. I have to find some shell script which can parse JSON object and JSON array.

If it is possible to find this script, please, show me that script

  • what about perl?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Jul 27, 2016 at 17:28
  • Don't have neither perl nor python. I have to find some solution with awk, sed, grep and so on..
    – Oleksandr
    Jul 27, 2016 at 17:30
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    jq should not be hard to compile from source, it only needs bison and flex
    – grochmal
    Jul 27, 2016 at 19:32

2 Answers 2


You have ash or bash so you can use json.sh. You have awk so you can use json.awk.

  • Yes. Thank you for help. I have found json.awk just several minutes ago)
    – Oleksandr
    Jul 27, 2016 at 20:16
  • json.sh also works with ash
    – Oleksandr
    Jul 27, 2016 at 20:34

As grochmal said. There is jq which is pretty good but I couldn't compile it.
Also we can just use JSON.awk to parse json (is not very convenient but works). Example:

echo -e jsonFile | awk -f JSON.awk

To get necessary keys and values we can grep output. Example (parse json response with google drive folders to find all ids of folders):

echo -e jsonResponse | awk -f JSON.awk | egrep '\["items",[0-9]+,"id"\]' 

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