JavaScript: Convert a Map object to JSON and vice versa

Updated: May 15, 2023 By: Wolf Post a comment

Converting a Map to a JSON string

In modern JavaScript (ES6 and beyond), the most elegant and efficient way to convert a Map to JSON is to use the Object.fromEntries() method to convert the Map to an object and then use the JSON.stringify() method to convert that object to a JSON string. In general, the syntax will look like this:

const json = JSON.stringify(Object.fromEntries(map));


const map = new Map([
  ['website', 'Sling Academy'],
  ['age', 10],

const json = JSON.stringify(Object.fromEntries(map));


{"website":"Sling Academy","age":10}

A common real-world use case of converting a JavaScript Map to JSON is when you want to serialize the Map and send it over the network or store it in a file. JSON is a widely used format for data interchange and storage, and it can be easily parsed by most languages and platforms.

Convert JSON string to a Map

If you are given a JSON string and your job is to turn it into a Map, you can use the JSON.parse() method to parse the JSON string into an object, and then use the Object.entries() method to get an array of key-value pairs. Then, call the Map() constructor with the array of key-value pairs.

The general syntax for this task will look as follows (most of the time):

const map = new Map(Object.entries(JSON.parse(json)));


const json = '{"name":"Wolf","age":99, "city": "The Land of Wolves"}';

const obj = JSON.parse(json);
const map = new Map(Object.entries(obj));


Map(3) {
  'name' => 'Wolf',
  'age' => 99,
  'city' => 'The Land of Wolves'

One possible use case of converting a JSON string into a Map in JavaScript is when you want to deserialize the JSON and access the data as key-value pairs. Map is a built-in object that allows you to store and retrieve data using any value as a key, unlike plain objects that only accept strings or symbols as keys.