Useful tools: Lexi

Lexi is great little helper for working with JSON. Especially if you are dealing with complex JSON that has a lot of nesting.

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One of them is Lexi. Small app that helps with JSON in a big way. I quite often need to make sense of a big and complex JSON when developing iOS apps. For just a bit of JSON, I can just use built-in viewer in Paw (great API client for Mac btw), but for larger JSONs, I am using Lexi.

The main UI is split into two panes. You paste your JSON as text to the left one and on the right see structured representation in a collapsible tree. You can easily see data types and the nesting is much easier to understand than from just a text. There is nice syntax highlighting and couple of bonus options like minify/beautify JSON or multiple tabs.

Lexi app screenshot

Lexi is available on the Mac App Store. Highly recommended.