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Convert a Python Enum to JSON

Alexander Hultnér
Mar 12, 2018 · 1 min read

A trivial way to make a Python Enum which is based on string tokens JSON-serializable is to inherit both str and Enum. Look at the example below for some pointers.


I’ve prepared a quick demo below. Once I figured it out I laughed at myself for not seeing it earlier.

Hey, did I leave out your pet? Well this isn’t production code.

Let’s test it out in our interpreter

It’s reall that easy!

No need for a custom JSONEncoder, str is already serializable. The built in IntEnum works the same way, in fact that’s how I figured it out.

Taking it further

This applies for other classes as well. E.g. let a class inherit dict to gain it’s properties; including JSON serialization with the default encoder.

Originally published at on March 12, 2018.


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