The script helps convert and parse JavaScript object strings into an array.

$data = \Nng\Nnhelpers\JsonHelper::decode( "{title:'Test', cat:[2,3,4]}" );

The helper makes it possible to use the JavaScript object notation in TypoScript and convert it to an array via the {nnt3:parse.json()} ViewHelper. This is handy if, for example, slider configurations or other JavaScript objects should be defined in TypoScript to be used later in JavaScript.

Another usage example: you want to use the “normal” JS syntax in a .json file, instead of the JSON syntax. Let’s look at an example. This text was written to a text file and is to be parsed via PHP:

// Contents of a text file.
    Example: ['one', 'two', 'three']

PHP would report an error with json_decode() for this example: The string contains comments, wraps, and the keys and values are not enclosed in double quotes. However, the JsonHelper or the ViewHelper $jsonHelper->decode() can convert it easily.

This is how you could define a JS object in the TypoScript setup:

// Contents in TS setup.
my_conf.data (
     dots: true,
     sizes: [1, 2, 3]

The mix is a little irritating: my_conf.data (...) öffnets a section in the TypoScript for multi-line code. Between the (...) is then a “normal” JavaScript object. This can then be easily used as an array in the Fluid template:


Or append as a data attribute to an element to parse it later via JavaScript:

<div data-config="{myConfig->nnt3:parse.json()->nnt3:format.attrEncode()}">...</div>

This script is based üpredominantly on the work of https://bit.ly/3eZuNu2 and has been optimized by us for PHP 7+.All credit to that direction, please.

Overview of Methods

\nn\t3::JsonHelper()->decode($str, $useArray = true);

Converts a JS object string into an array.

$data = \Nng\Nnhelpers\JsonHelper::decode( "{title:'Test', cat:[2,3,4]}" );

The PHP function json_decode() only works for JSON syntax: {"key": "value"}. In JSON, neither line breaks nor comments are allowed. This function can also be used to parse strings in JavaScript notation.

@return array|string


Converts a variable to JSON format. Relic of the original class, presumably from a time when json_encode() did not exist.

\Nng\Nnhelpers\JsonHelper::encode(['a'=>1, 'b'=>2]);
@return string;

\nn\t3::JsonHelper()->removeCommentsAndDecode($str, $useArray = true);

Removes comments from the code and parses the string.

\Nng\Nnhelpers\JsonHelper::removeCommentsAndDecode( "//comments\n{title:'Test', cat:[2,3,4]}" )
@return array|string