Unable to access JSON property with “-” dash

I am unable to retrieve a value from a json object when the string has a dash character:

{
"profile-id":1234, "user_id":6789
}

If I try to reference the parsed jsonObj.profile-id it returns ReferenceError: "id" is not defined but jsonObj.user_id will return 6789

I don't have a way to modify the values being returned by the external api call and trying to parse the returned string in order to remove dashes will ruin urls, etc., that are passed as well. Help?

Answers:

Answer

jsonObj.profile-id is a subtraction expression (i.e. jsonObj.profile - id).

To access a key that contains characters that cannot appear in an identifier, use brackets:

jsonObj["profile-id"]
Answer

For ansible, and using hyphen, this worked for me:

    - name: free-ud-ssd-space-in-percent
      debug:
        var: clusterInfo.json.content["free-ud-ssd-space-in-percent"]
Answer

In addition to this answer, note that in Node.js if you access JSON with the array syntax [] all nested JSON keys should follow that syntax

This is the wrong way

json.first.second.third['comment']

and will will give you the 'undefined' error.

This is the correct way

json['first']['second']['third']['comment'] 

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