How do I serialize a C# anonymous type to a JSON string?


I'm attempting to use the following code to serialize an anonymous type to JSON:

var serializer = new DataContractJsonSerializer(thing.GetType());
var ms = new MemoryStream();
serializer.WriteObject(ms, thing);
var json = Encoding.Default.GetString(ms.ToArray()); 

However, I get the following exception when this is executed:

Type '<>f__AnonymousType1`3[System.Int32,System.Int32,System.Object[]]' cannot be serialized. Consider marking it with the DataContractAttribute attribute, and marking all of its members you want serialized with the DataMemberAttribute attribute. See the Microsoft .NET Framework documentation for other supported types.

I can't apply attributes to an anonymous type (as far as I know). Is there another way to do this serialization or am I missing something?

By : JC Grubbs


The fastest way I found was this:

var obj = new {Id = thing.Id, Name = thing.Name, Age = 30};
JavaScriptSerializer serializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
string json = serializer.Serialize(obj);

Namespace: System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer

By : i31nGo

As others have mentioned, Newtonsoft JSON.NET is a good option. Here is a specific example for simple JSON serialization:

return JsonConvert.SerializeObject(

I have found it to be a very flexible, versatile library.

You can try my ServiceStack JsonSerializer it's the fastest .NET JSON serializer at the moment. It supports serializing DataContract's, Any POCO Type, Interfaces, Late-bound objects including anonymous types, etc.

Basic Example

var customer = new Customer { Name="Joe Bloggs", Age=31 };
var json = customer.ToJson();
var fromJson = json.FromJson<Customer>(); 

Note: Only use Microsofts JavaScriptSerializer if performance is not important to you as I've had to leave it out of my benchmarks since its up to 40x-100x slower than the other JSON serializers.

By : mythz

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