Importing .json/.txt files in my Python application (built with GitHub)

Hello, I am looking for a method on how to properly load-in and edit small data storage files like .json or a .txt (I know data storage with json files is bad practice, I am working on MySQL implementation). Right now my application gets the and .txt files from my GitHub repo’s. However, it is not able to edit any of these .txt files. How would I go about achieving what I want?

Thank you in advance!

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Bobby Iliev
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March 2, 2023

Hi there,

You should be able to do that with the standard Python modules like json and os to read and write to the files.

You can read the file with:

with open('data.json', 'r') as f:
     data = json.load(f)

To write to a file, you can use the w flag:

with open("data_file.json", "w") as write_file:
    json.dump(data, write_file)

Note that if you are using the DigitalOcean App Platform, this will not work, as the storage there is ephemeral, meaning that you will loose all of your changes after each new build.

Feel free to share more details on your setup and I will be happy to advise you further!