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No need for Linq, just use dynamic (using Json.Net)

dynamic obj = JObject.Parse(json);

Linq version would not be much readable

JObject jObj = JObject.Parse(json);
var url = (string)jObj.Descendants()
                    .Where(p => p.Name == "url")

Documentation: LINQ to JSON


In a bind you could always deserialize the JSON and serialize it to XML, and load the XML in a XDocument. Then you can use the classic Linq to XML. When you are done take the XML, deserialize it, and serialize it back to JSON to JSON. We used this technique to add JSON support to an application that was originally built for XML, it allowed near-zero modifications to get up and running.


You can easily query with LINQ like this

considering this JSON

    "items": [
            "id": "10",
            "name": "one"
            "id": "12",
            "name": "two"

let's put it in a variable called json like this,

JObject json = JObject.Parse("{'items':[{'id':'10','name':'one'},{'id':'12','name':'two'}]}");

you can select all ids from the items where name is "one" using the following LINQ query

var Ids =
    from item in json["items"]
    where (string)item["name"] == "one"
    select item["id"];

Then, you will have the result in an IEnumerable list


I would not recommend LINQ. I would recommend a JSON library such as newtonsoft.json.

So you can do this:

string json = @"{
  ""Name"": ""Apple"",
  ""Expiry"": "2008-12-28T00:00:00",
  ""Price"": 3.99,
  ""Sizes"": [

JObject o = JObject.Parse(json);

string name = (string)o["Name"];

// Apple
JArray sizes = (JArray)o["Sizes"];
string smallest = (string)sizes[0];

// Small

Note:- this code has been copied from the samples present on the project site

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