How to Format JSON in Vim

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Vim is amazing. Well, Python is doing all the work, but I still like Vim. Learn how to format JSON in Vim like a pro with this short guide!

tl;dr

Paste your json, and run this in vim normal mode.

:%!python -m json.tool

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