JXC Core Library

JXC's reference implementation is split up into two libraries - libjxc and libjxc_cpp.

The core library (libjxc) contains the lexer and a first-stage parser that attempts to be memory and storage agnostic, where possible. The idea is that it handles all the syntax implementation details, but does not allocate memory for values - that's up to a second-stage parser. The core library provides utility functions to make this easier. The reasoning for this is that different environments use different data structures, and trying to handle them all with C++ templates can be painful at best. In this way, we can reuse the same lexer and first-stage parser for other environments (for example, scripting language bindings) without needing to copy data into and out of an intermediate data structure.

If you want a higher-level API that integrates with the C++ standard library, see libjxc_cpp.

If you want to integrate JXC into a codebase that does not use the C++ standard library, or if you just want a higher degree of control over parsing and serialization, then you can skip libjxc_cpp and just use libjxc. For example, if you're integrating JXC into an Unreal Engine game project, you can write your own second-stage parser that parses directly to types like FString rather than std::string. There is an example custom second-stage parser in the JXC repository located at jxc_examples/src/custom_parser.cpp.


JumpParser is a first-stage parser that returns Elements. These elements are intended to be as simple as possible to parse. For example, after getting a BeginArray element, every element that follows is a value in that array until it returns an EndArray element.

#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include "jxc/jxc.h"

int main(int argc, const char** argv)
    std::string jxc_string = "[1, 2, true, null, 'string', dt'1996-06-07']";
    jxc::JumpParser parser(jxc_string);
    while (parser.next())
        const jxc::Element& value = parser.value();
        std::cout << value.to_repr() << '\n';
    if (parser.has_error())
        std::cerr << "Parse error: " << parser.get_error().to_string() << '\n';
    return 0;

This program outputs the following:



Serializer is a helper class that writes JXC to a buffer. Note that you can provide your own output buffer type that converts directly to a custom string type.

#include <iostream>
#include "jxc/jxc.h"

int main(int argc, const char** argv)
    jxc::StringOutputBuffer buffer;
    jxc::Serializer doc(&buffer);
        .value_date(jxc::Date(1996, 6, 7))
    std::cout << buffer.to_string() << '\n';
    return 0;

This program outputs the following: