Go Web Examples: JSON

This example will show how to encode and decode JSON data using the encoding/json package.

// json.go
package main

import (

type User struct {
	Firstname string `json:"firstname"`
	Lastname  string `json:"lastname"`
	Age       int    `json:"age"`

func main() {
	http.HandleFunc("/decode", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
		var user User

		fmt.Fprintf(w, "%s %s is %d years old!", user.Firstname, user.Lastname, user.Age)

	http.HandleFunc("/encode", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
		peter := User{
			Firstname: "John",
			Lastname:  "Doe",
			Age:       25,


	http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil)
$ go run json.go

$ curl -s -XPOST -d'{"firstname":"Donald","lastname":"Trump","age":70}' http://localhost:8080/decode
Donald Trump is 70 years old!

$ curl -s http://localhost:8080/encode