Here is a simple way to convert your JSON to CSV, if your using FF or Chrome that supports data URI’s then this function convert your data and tell your browser to download the results as a text file. If you are using Internet Explorer (“IE”), a new window will popup so you can copy & paste or to use File -> Save As to download the results as text. The JSON parsing is done with json.org’s open source JSON parser, which you can download here.

Why can’t IE download the file to CSV like FireFox? The long answer is due to IE’s data URI support that was missing until IE8, and when implemented in IE8+, the security restrictions are set to prevent solutions like this from working! To force a download of your JSON data in CSV via IE, you’ll need to use an alternative technique like Server Side Parsing.

		function DownloadJSON2CSV(objArray)
		{
			var array = typeof objArray != 'object' ? JSON.parse(objArray) : objArray;
			var str = '';
			
			for (var i = 0; i < array.length; i++) {
				var line = '';
				for (var index in array[i]) {
					if(line != '') line += ','
				
					line += array[i][index];
				}
 
				str += line + '\r\n';
			}

			if (navigator.appName != 'Microsoft Internet Explorer')
			{
				window.open('data:text/csv;charset=utf-8,' + escape(str));
			}
			else
			{
				var popup = window.open('','csv','');
				popup.document.body.innerHTML = '<pre>' + str + '</pre>';
			}			
		}