Why is my Full JSON Export not valid JSON?
Full JSON Export files can be very large. While the file is not valid JSON, each line within the file is valid JSON. It may not be possible to open the file in a text editor because it is too big. If your text editor crashes, that is likely why.
We will use our computer's terminal to work with the file. It can print out the first record of data without crashing. In a recent export, my filename was:
Navigate to the directory where your export file is located. Once there, enter the following command using your filename:
head -1 filename
Then, copy and paste the result into JSON Validator, like jsonlint.com, to see the format of the data. Yay! It's valid JSON!