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json – PHP json_encode data with double quotes

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m using this simple code to transform database query results into JSON format:

$result = $mysqli->query("
        date as a 
        , sum(sales) as b
        , product as c
        , product

$data = $result->fetch_all(MYSQLI_ASSOC);

echo stripslashes(json_encode($data));

The problem is that if there are double quotes in the data (e.g. in the product column) returned by this query. The json_encode function does not encode the data in a good JSON format.

Could someone help me how to escape the double quotes that are returned by the query? Thank you.

How to&Answers:

json_encode already takes care of this, you are breaking the result by calling stripslashes:

echo json_encode($data); //properly formed json


You will need htmlspecialchars instead of stripslashes with proper encoding (UTF-8, if your page uses UTF-8 charset) and ENT_QUOTES which will escape double quotes preventing data to break. See the code below:

echo htmlspecialchars(json_encode($data), ENT_QUOTES, 'UTF-8');


Example with a simple array with double quotes string value.

$yourArr = array(
    'title' => 'This is an example with "double quote" check it'

// add htmlspecialchars as UTF-8 after encoded
$encodeData = htmlspecialchars(json_encode($yourArr), ENT_QUOTES, 'UTF-8');

echo $encodeData;


{"title":"This is an example with \"double quote\" check it"}

According to PHP Manual:

That said, quotes ” will produce invalid JSON, but this is only an
issue if you’re using json_encode() and just expect PHP to magically
escape your quotes. You need to do the escaping yourself.


Yes, PHP json_encode wouldn’t “escape double” quotes, we need to escape those manually in this super simple way-

array_walk($assoc_array, function(&$v, $k) {
  if(is_string($v) && strpos($v, '"') !== false) {
    $v = str_replace('"', '\"', $v);
// After escaping those '"', you can simply use json_enocde then.
$json_data = json_encode($assoc_array);


to encode the quotes using htmlspecialchars:

$json_array = array(
'title' => 'Example string\'s with "special" characters'

$json_decode = htmlspecialchars(json_encode($json_array), ENT_QUOTES, 'UTF-8');


You can done that using base64_encode and base64_decode

To store in database first convert it to base64_encode and stored into database and if you want that data then you can decrypt that data using base64_decode

$var['cont'] = base64_encode($_POST['data']);
$dd =  json_encode($var['cont']);
echo base64_decode ( json_decode($dd) );