Streaming JSON with AFNetworking on IOS

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AFNetworking does not have a built-in streaming SAX-style JSON operation, but it should be straight forward to create your own.

  • Create a subclass of AFJSONRequestOperation
  • Use the outputStream property of the operation during initialization to hook it up to a JSON parser that supports SAX-style parsing (such as Yajl). The parser will read data and build up the JSON object as it comes in
  • Hook up the responseJSON property to read the cached object from the parser
  • …or depending on how you’re doing streaming, you may need to add a new property that defines a block to execute when new JSON objects come back (e.g. setReceivedJSONBlock:((^)(void (id JSON))block). This block will probably be triggered by delegate methods sent from the parser (e.g. <YAJLParserDelegate> -parserDidEndDictionary:).

If you are able to get this working, I would encourage you to publish and share this with others. I think this could be useful to quite a few people.