In a plugin, I'm using json_decode() to obtain information from somewhere.

I've no control over the json structure, but expect a list of numbers under a key foo:

  "foo": [10, 20, 30]

How to properly guard my operations with get(l:json_object, 'foo') so that they fail predictably when value received under foo isn't list? E.g. {"foo": null}, {"foo": {"bar": "kaboom"}}:

    let l:foo_list = get(l:json_object, 'foo')

    if __IS_LIST__(l:foo_list)    " <-- FIXME

        let l:hundreds = map(l:foo_list, "10 * v:val")

        echo join(l:hundreds, " -- ")

        " Expected output:
        " 100 -- 200 -- 300

What this fictional __IS_LIST__ check actually looks like in Vimscript?

1 Answer 1



if type(l:foo_list) == v:t_list

Or in older versions of Vim:

if type(l:foo_list) == type([])

See :help type() for more details.

  • 1
    I still use type([]) for portability reasons. Commented May 5, 2020 at 18:05
  • Nice, thanks. I'd expected it was something trivial — but neither :help List nor vim cheatsheet revealed the type function to me; and the question was somehow fruitless on web search. Hopefully, it won't be now.
    – ulidtko
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 9:06

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