How can I deserialize JSON to a simple Dictionary in ASP.NET?Ask Questions

 Posted on 09/20/2019

I have a simple key/value list in JSON being sent back to ASP.NET via POST. Example:

{ "key1": "value1", "key2": "value2"}


I simply need a plain old Dictionary(Of String, String), or some equivalent (hash table, Dictionary(Of String, Object), old-school StringDictionary--hell, a 2-D array of strings would work for me.

I can use anything available in ASP.NET 3.5, as well as the popular Json.NET (which I'm already using for serialization to the client).

Apparently neither of these JSON libraries have this forehead-slapping obvious capability out of the box--they are totally focused on reflection-based deserialization via strong contracts.

Any ideas?


  1. I don't want to implement my own JSON parser
  2. Can't use ASP.NET 4.0 yet
  3. Would prefer to stay away from the older, deprecated ASP.NET class for JSON
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Asked by Steve Summit on 09/20/2019 Score: 35 points
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Answered by Praful Chauhan on 9/20/2019 9:30:58 AM Score: 116 points

Json.NET does this...

string json = @"{""key1"":""value1"",""key2"":""value2""}";

var values = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<Dictionary<string, string>>(json);

More examples: Serializing Collections with Json.NET


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