How to parse JSON passed on the command line?

Anthony Papillion papillion at
Thu Nov 7 04:53:09 CET 2013

Hello Everyone,

I'm writing a little helper script in Python that will access a JSON
formatted argument from the shell when it's called. The parameter will
look like this:


So, if my program is called "" the call will look like this: {"url":""}

In the case above, I assume my JSON string will be argv[1]. In fact,
when I do

print sys.argv[1]

It works as expected and prints out the JSON string as expected like
this: {url:}

Now, for the harder part. When I try to PARSE this JSON using this code:

json_string = json.loads(sys.argv[1])

I get an error saying that "No JSON object could be decoded".  Even
though this looks like valid JSON and was generated by a JSON generator.

Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Basically, I want to eventually
get the value of url into a string.


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