Download jq

jq is written in C and has no runtime dependencies, so it should be possible to build it for nearly any platform. Prebuilt binaries are available for Linux, OS X and Windows.

The binaries should just run, but on OS X and Linux you may need to make them executable first using chmod +x jq.

jq is licensed under the MIT license. For all of the gory details, read the file COPYING in the source distribution.





From source on Linux, OS X, Cygwin, and other POSIX-like operating systems

You can build it using the usual ./configure && make && sudo make install rigmarole.

If you’re interested in using the lastest development version, try:

git clone
cd jq
autoreconf -i
sudo make install

To build it from a git clone, you’ll need to install a few packages first:

For Linux systems, these will all be in your system’s package manager, and if you do development on the machine they’re most likely already installed.

On OS X, these are all included in Apple’s command line tools, which can be installed from Xcode. However, you may find that you need a newer version of Bison than the one provided by Apple. This can be found in Homebrew or MacPorts.

flex and bison are used to generate the lexer and parser for jq. For jq 1.5, neither is required if you use ./configure --disable-maintainer-mode instead of ./configure. This flag says to use the pre-generated lexer and parser that come with the code.

Building the documentation

jq’s documentation is compiled into static HTML using Bonsai. To view the documentation locally, run rake serve (or bundle exec rake serve) from the docs/ subdirectory. To build the docs just rake build from the docs subdirectory. You’ll need a few Ruby dependencies, which can be installed by following the instructions in docs/

The man page is built by make jq.1, or just make, also from the YAML docs, and you’ll still need the Ruby dependencies to build the manpage.