Interactive jq
Version 0.3.4
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Interactive jq tool. Like jqplay for the commandline.




#Install from package manager

The following package managers currently support ijq:

brew install gpanders/tap/ijq
sudo port install ijq

#Download a pre-compiled release

Select the version you want to download from sourcehut and download one of the pre-compiled releases from that page. Then extract the archive and copy the binary and, optionally, the man page to the correct location.


wget https://git.sr.ht/~gpanders/ijq/refs/vX.Y.Z/ijq-vX.Y.Z-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
tar xf ijq-vX.Y.Z-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
cd ijq-vX.Y.Z
cp ijq /usr/local/bin
mkdir -p /usr/local/share/man/man1
cp ijq.1 /usr/local/share/man/man1

#Build from source

Install go. To install ijq under /usr/local/bin/ simply run

make install

from the root of the project. To install to another location, set the prefix variable, e.g.

make prefix=~/.local install

To generate the man page you will also need to have scdoc installed.


ijq uses jq under the hood, so make sure you have that installed first.

Read from a file:

ijq file.json

Read from stdin:

curl -s https://api.github.com/users/gpanders | ijq

Press Return to close ijq and print the current filtered output to stdout. This will also print the current filter to stderr. This allows you to save the filter for re-use with jq in the future:

ijq file.json 2>filter.jq

# Same output as above
jq -f filter.jq file.json

Pressing Return also saves the filter to a history file ($XDG_DATA_HOME/ijq/history by default). You can browse the history by deleting everything in the filter field. Change the history file used with the -H option, or specify an empty string to disable history entirely (i.e. -H '').

If $XDG_DATA_HOME is undefined, then the directory used is platform dependent.

Use Shift plus the arrow keys to move between the different windows. When either of the input or output views have focus, you can use the arrow keys to scroll up and down. Vi keys also work, i.e. you can use j/k to scroll up or down, g to move to the top of the view, G to jump to the bottom of the view, and Ctrl-F/Ctrl-B to scroll up or down a page at a time.

Use Ctrl-C to exit ijq immediately, discarding all filters and state.

You can configure the colors by setting the JQ_COLORS environment variable. See the jq documentation for more details.


Have a question, comment, or feature request? Send an email to the mailing list.

Report bugs on the ticket tracker.

Send patches to ~gpanders/ijq@lists.sr.ht or open a pull request on GitHub.

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