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I have a large JSON file. It is not easy to work on all file at a time. I want to fold some content so that I can work on a section of JSON file.

E.g.:

{
  obj: {+}, // folded section
  obj:{
        // unfolded section
     }
}

Is it possible to fold JSON structure in Vim?

2 Answers 2

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Yes, it is possible. A minimal setup would be:

:set filetype=json
:syntax on
:set foldmethod=syntax
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    what keystroke needed to fold and unfold a section?
    – WitVault
    Commented Dec 9, 2016 at 11:04
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    :h fold-commands - zo - open and zc - close
    – grodzik
    Commented Dec 9, 2016 at 11:46
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    za - toggle fold
    – alecdwm
    Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 7:26
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    FWIW: This isn't enabling folding for me. "E490: No fold found".
    – spazm
    Commented Nov 3, 2020 at 20:40
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    @spazm: So you can probably ask a new question here, describe what OS you're using, what exact editor, what version, all the steps you're doing, all the info that could be helpful.
    – grodzik
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 12:53
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If you are using nvim and nvim-treesitter. You can also use treesitter to fold JSON files.

Config for nvim-treesitter:

require("nvim-treesitter.configs").setup {
  ensure_installed = { "python", "cpp", "lua", "vim", "json" },
  ignore_install = {}, -- List of parsers to ignore installing
  highlight = {
    enable = true, -- false will disable the whole extension
    disable = { 'help' }, -- list of language that will be disabled
  },
}

Make sure that json parser for treesitter is installed.

Then create after/ftplugin/json.vim with following config:

set foldmethod=expr
set foldexpr=nvim_treesitter#foldexpr()

Open a valid json file, you should be able to see the files are folded properly.

Ref:

https://github.com/nvim-treesitter/nvim-treesitter/issues/1337#issuecomment-864205387

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