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Sunday, May 21, 2017

XML to Dictionary and JSON Conversion in Python

If you calling somebody else’s API and that API is returning XML, then you can convert that into a dictionary and/or JSON to use it in your Python code.
Here is what you need to do:
$ pip install xmltodict
Here is the code:
import xmltodict
import json


def main():
    print("main program")
    dict01 = convert_xml_to_dictionary("sample.xml")
    print("To: " + str(dict01["note"]["to"]))
    full_json_string = json.dumps(dict01, indent=4)
    print("Full json string: " + full_json_string)


def convert_xml_to_dictionary(xml_file, xml_attribs=True):
    with open(xml_file, "rb") as f:
        print("Doing the conversion...")
        my_dictionary = xmltodict.parse(f, xml_attribs=xml_attribs)
        return my_dictionary


if __name__ == "__main__": main()
Here is the XML file referenced in the code above:
<note>
    <to>Al</to>
    <from>Ralph</from>
    <heading>Reminder</heading>
    <body>Don't forget about the requirements</body>
</note>
Thank you for reading.
Almir Mustafic.


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