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I’m working on a simple API that queries elasticsearch with the Python DSL and returns JSON. I’m noticing that when I try to turn data from a search into JSON I get an issue:

s = Search(using=es_client)
s = s.filter(. . .) # some filter
s = s.query('multi_match', query='some text', fields=['field1', 'field2'])
result = s.execute()['hits']['hits']

Object of type ‘AttrList’ is not JSON serializable

Any suggestions for how to effectively coerce the results to JSON? I expected this to be a bit easier. When I try to coerce the AttrList to JSON then I get the same error with AttrDict: Object of type 'AttrDict' is not JSON serializable

Is the only resolution here to manually iterate over all the values and coerce them to a normal list or dict?

I noticed mentions this error but I wasn’t clear if it applied to this or not.

Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 5 years ago
  • Comments:7 (2 by maintainers)

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fernando-mccommented, Jun 2, 2018

@okke-formsma Fair enough. I ended up coercing the data with list() and to_dict() but given that searching for the data using the python DSL and then returning JSON is a pretty common use case I guess I thought there would be an easier solution.

I didn’t want to write the ‘raw’ queries because constructing them was more difficult.

Maybe I’m just using the tool wrong and I have a weird use case but it might be worth looking at implementing a helper function to coerce the data to JSON-serializable attributes.

zhanwenchencommented, Jan 31, 2020

My solution: I wrote (modified) the swagger-codegen BaseModel to treat an AttrList the same way it does a list:

def to_dict(self):
        """Returns the model properties as a dict

        :rtype: dict
        result = {}

        for attr, _ in self.swagger_types.items():
            value = getattr(self, attr)
            if isinstance(value, (list, AttrList)):
                result[attr] = list(map(
                    lambda x: x.to_dict() if hasattr(x, "to_dict") else x,
            elif hasattr(value, "to_dict"):
                result[attr] = value.to_dict()
            elif isinstance(value, dict):
                result[attr] = dict(map(
                    lambda item: (item[0], item[1].to_dict())
                    if hasattr(item[1], "to_dict") else item,
                result[attr] = value
        return result
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