Update nested elements using asp net core with json patch


ASP.NET is a popular programming used for building web . One common task in web development is nested elements using ASP.NET Core with JSON Patch. In this article, we will explore how to accomplish this task with examples.

What is JSON Patch?

JSON Patch is a format used to describe to a JSON . It provides a way to update specific parts of a JSON object without replacing the entire object. JSON Patch uses a set of operations, such as add, remove, , move, copy, and test, to modify the JSON document.

Updating Nested Elements with JSON Patch

To update nested elements using ASP.NET Core with JSON Patch, we need to follow a few steps:

Step 1: the Required Packages

First, we need to install the required packages. Open the NuGet Package Console and run the command:

Install-Package Microsoft.AspNetCore.JsonPatch

Step 2: Create a Model

Next, we need to create a model that represents the JSON document we want to update. Let's say we have a JSON document with the following structure:

  "id": 1,
  "name": "John Doe",
  "address": {
    "street": "123 Main St",
    "city": "New York",
    "state": "NY"

We can create a corresponding model class in ASP.NET Core:

public class Person
    public int Id { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public Address Address { get; set; }

public class Address
    public string Street { get; set; }
    public string City { get; set; }
    public string State { get; set; }

Step 3: Update Nested Elements

Now, let's see how we can update the nested elements using JSON Patch. We can do this by creating an HTTP PATCH endpoint in our ASP.NET Core application.

public IActionResult UpdatePerson(int id, [FromBody] JsonPatchDocument patchDocument)
    // Retrieve the person from the database
    var person = _personRepository.GetPersonById(id);

    // Apply the patch document to the person object

    // Save the changes to the database

    return Ok(person);

In the above code, we an HTTP PATCH endpoint that accepts a JSON Patch document as input. We retrieve the person object from the database based on the provided ID. Then, we apply the patch document to the person object using the ApplyTo method. Finally, we save the changes to the database and return the updated person object.

Step 4: Test the Endpoint

Now, we can test the endpoint using a tool like Postman. Send a PATCH request to the endpoint with the following JSON Patch document:

  { "op": "replace", "path": "/name", "value": "Jane Doe" },
  { "op": "replace", "path": "/address/city", "value": "Los Angeles" }

This JSON Patch document replaces the name property with “Jane Doe” and the city property within the address object with “Los Angeles”.


In this article, we have explored how to update nested elements using ASP.NET Core with JSON Patch. We have seen the steps involved, including installing the required packages, creating a model, and implementing an HTTP PATCH endpoint. By following these steps, you can easily update nested elements in your ASP.NET Core applications.

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