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Extracts a scalar value from a JSON string.

To extract an object or an array from a JSON string, see JSON_QUERY (Transact-SQL). For info about the differences between JSON_VALUE and JSON_QUERY, see Compare JSON_VALUE and JSON_QUERY.

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JSON_VALUE ( expression , path )  


An expression. Typically the name of a variable or a column that contains JSON text.

JSON_VALUE returns an error if it finds JSON that is not valid in expression before it finds the value identified by path. If JSON_VALUE doesn't find the value identified by path, it scans the entire text and returns an error if it finds JSON that is not valid anywhere in expression.

A JSON path that specifies the property to extract. For more info, see JSON Path Expressions (SQL Server).

In SQL Server 2017 and in Azure SQL Database, you can provide a variable as the value of path.

JSON_VALUE returns an error if the format of path isn't valid.

Return Value

Returns a single text value of type nvarchar(4000). The collation of the returned value is the same as the collation of the input expression.

If the value is greater than 4000 characters:

  • In lax mode, JSON_VALUE returns null.

  • In strict mode, JSON_VALUE returns an error.

    If you have to return scalar values greater than 4000 characters, use OPENJSON. For more info, see OPENJSON (Transact-SQL).


Consider the following JSON text:


SET @jsonInfo=N'{  
       "tags":["Sport", "Water polo"]  

The following table compares the behavior of JSON_VALUE in lax mode and in strict mode. For more info about the optional path mode specification (lax or strict), see JSON Path Expressions (SQL Server).

Path Return value in lax mode Return value in strict mode More info
$ NULL Error Not a scalar value.

Use JSON_QUERY instead.
$.info.type N'1' N'1' N/a
$.info.address.town N'Bristol' N'Bristol' N/a
$.info."address" NULL Error Not a scalar value.

Use JSON_QUERY instead.
$.info.tags NULL Error Not a scalar value.

Use JSON_QUERY instead.
$.info.type[0] NULL Error Not an array.
$.info.none NULL Error Property does not exist.


Example 1

The following example uses the values of JSON properties in query results. Since JSON_VALUE preserves the collation of the source, the sort order of the results depends on the collation of the jsonInfo column.

SELECT FirstName,LastName,
 JSON_VALUE(jsonInfo,'$.info.address[0].town') AS Town
FROM Person.Person
WHERE JSON_VALUE(jsonInfo,'$.info.address[0].state') LIKE 'US%'
ORDER BY JSON_VALUE(jsonInfo,'$.info.address[0].town')

Example 2

The following example extracts the value of a JSON property into a local variable.


SET @jsonInfo=N'<array of address info>'

SET @town=JSON_VALUE(@jsonInfo,'$.info.address.town')

Example 3

The following example creates computed columns based on the values of JSON properties.

  Address VARCHAR(500),
  jsonContent NVARCHAR(8000),
  Longitude AS JSON_VALUE(jsonContent,'$.address[0].longitude'),
  Latitude AS JSON_VALUE(jsonContent,'$.address[0].latitude')

See Also

JSON Path Expressions (SQL Server)
JSON Data (SQL Server)