Content-Type: "application/json"

The Context.JSON(v, ...opts) is the method which sends JSON responses to the client. It accepts the value and optional settings for rendering. The JSON options structure looks like this:

// JSON contains the options for the JSON (Context's) Renderer.
type JSON struct {
    // http-specific
    StreamingJSON bool
    // content-specific
    UnescapeHTML bool
    Indent       string
    Prefix       string
    ASCII        bool
    // if true then it prepends a "while(1);" when Go slice (to JSON Array) value.
    Secure       bool
    // proto.Message specific marshal options.
    Proto ProtoMarshalOptions

If Indent field is empty and the application runs without optimizations, the Indent field will be automatically set to 2 spaces.

So, if we want to write a JSON with indentation of four spaces and prefixed with while(1) we can do something like that:

func handler(ctx iris.Context) {
    response := []string{"val1", "val2", "val3"}
    options := iris.JSON{Indent: "    ", Secure: true}
    ctx.JSON(response, options)



As with all RESTful rich responses, any marshallable (JSON at this case) Go type can be given. If we want to render a Go struct as JSON, the struct's fields we want to render should be exported, and optionally tagged with the json struct tag. Look the exaple below:

type User struct {
    Firstname    string `json:"firstname"`
    Lastname     string `json:"lastname"`
    IgnoredField int    `json:"-"`

func handler(ctx iris.Context) {
    response := User{
        Firstname: "makis",
        Lastname: "maropoulos",



  "firstname": "makis",
  "lastname": "maropoulos"


Use the ASCII field to generate ASCII-only JSON with escaped non-ASCII characters.

app.Get("/json_ascii", func(ctx iris.Context) {
    response := iris.Map{"lang": "GO-虹膜", "tag": "<br>"}
    options := iris.JSON{Indent: "    ", ASCII: true}
    ctx.JSON(response, options)


    "lang": "GO-\u8679\u819c",
    "tag": "\u003cbr\u003e"


Do not replace special HTML characters with their unicode entities using the UnescapeHTML field.

app.Get("/json_raw", func(ctx iris.Context) {
    options := iris.JSON{UnescapeHTML: true}
        "html": "<b>Hello, world!</b>",
    }, options)


{"html":"<b>Hello, world!</b>"}

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