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// (1)
size_type count(const typename object_t::key_type& key) const;

// (2)
template<typename KeyType>
size_type count(KeyType&& key) const;
  1. Returns the number of elements with key key. If ObjectType is the default std::map type, the return value will always be 0 (key was not found) or 1 (key was found).
  2. See 1. This overload is only available if KeyType is comparable with typename object_t::key_type and typename object_comparator_t::is_transparent denotes a type.

Template parameters

A type for an object key other than json_pointer that is comparable with string_t using object_comparator_t. This can also be a string view (C++17).


key (in)
key value of the element to count.

Return value

Number of elements with key key. If the JSON value is not an object, the return value will be 0.

Exception safety

Strong exception safety: if an exception occurs, the original value stays intact.


Logarithmic in the size of the JSON object.


This method always returns 0 when executed on a JSON type that is not an object.



The example shows how count() is used.

#include <iostream>
#include <nlohmann/json.hpp>

using json = nlohmann::json;

int main()
    // create a JSON object
    json j_object = {{"one", 1}, {"two", 2}};

    // call count()
    auto count_two = j_object.count("two");
    auto count_three = j_object.count("three");

    // print values
    std::cout << "number of elements with key \"two\": " << count_two << '\n';
    std::cout << "number of elements with key \"three\": " << count_three << '\n';


number of elements with key "two": 1
number of elements with key "three": 0

Version history

  1. Added in version 3.11.0.
  2. Added in version 1.0.0. Changed parameter key type to KeyType&& in version 3.11.0.

Last update: May 1, 2022
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