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android – Accessing deeply nested JSON array with Moshi/Retrofit2

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


All I need is the “photo” array. My JSON looks like this:

  "photos": {
    "page": 1,
    "pages": "1000",
    "perpage": 1,
    "total": "1000",
    "photo": [
        "id": "44049202615",
        "owner": "[email protected]",
        "secret": "cb8f476a4d",
        "server": "1958",
        "farm": 2,
        "title": "Murugan",
        "ispublic": 1,
        "isfriend": 0,
        "isfamily": 0
  "stat": "ok"

I’m new to Moshi/Retrofit. I saw this but I don’t quite understand yet how to make that work. I thought I could do something quick and dirty to get the values I need so I can continue to build out my app (I’ll go back later for a proper implementation).

My quick and dirty idea was this:

data class GalleryItem(@Json(name = "title") val caption: String,
                       @Json(name = "id") val id: String,
                       @Json(name = "url_s") val url: String?)

data class Photo(@Json(name = "photo") val galleryItems: List<GalleryItem>)

data class Photos(@Json(name = "photos") val photo: Photo)

I thought I could just return a “Photos” from my api and grab the gallery items. There’s no crashes but it’s not parsing correctly. I get the “Photos” object but “Photo” is null.

Any thoughts on how to access the data I need?

How to&Answers:

Unfortunately, the @Json annotation gets ignored in Kotlin classes. The workaround (from the link I just gave) is to use @field:Json instead. Try something like this for your data classes:

data class ResponseData(
    val photos: Photos

data class Photos(
    @field:Json(name = "photo") val galleryItems: List<GalleryItem>

data class GalleryItem(
    val id: String,
    val title: String


try this one!

data class Response(
            @Json(name = "photos")
            val photos: Photos,

            @Json(name = "stat")
            val stat: String

    data class Photos(
            @Json(name = "page")
            val page: Int,

            @Json(name = "pages")
            val pages: String,

            @Json(name = "photo")
            val photosList: List<Photo>

    data class Photo(
            val id: String,
            val owner: String

Now you can access the photolist using


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