In this article I will explain with an example, how to read JSON file using C# in ASP.Net MVC.
The JSON File
Following is the JSON file saved inside a JSON file inside Project folder.
    "CustomerId": 1,
    "Name": "John Hammond",
    "Country": "United States"
    "CustomerId": 2,
    "Name": "Mudassar Khan",
    "Country": "India"
    "CustomerId": 3,
    "Name": "Suzanne Mathews",
    "Country": "France"
    "CustomerId": 4,
    "Name": "Robert Schidner",
    "Country": "Russia"
Following is the Model class consists of three properties.
public class CustomerModel
    public int CustomerId { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public string Country { get; set; }
You will need to import the following namespaces.
using System.IO;
using System.Web.Script.Serialization;
The Controller consists of the following Action method.
Action method for handling GET operation
Inside this Action method, the contents of the JSON file are read using StreamReader class object from the Files Folder (Directory).
Then, an object of JavaScriptSerializer class is created and the JSON string is read from StreamReader using the ReadToEnd method and is converted to Generic List of CustomerModel class object using Deserialize method of JavaScriptSerializer class.
Finally, the Generic List of CustomerModel class object is returned to the View.
public class HomeController : Controller
    // GET: Home
    public ActionResult Index()
        using (StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(Server.MapPath("~/Files/Customers.json")))
            JavaScriptSerializer serializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
            List<CustomerModel> customers = serializer.Deserialize<List<CustomerModel>>(reader.ReadToEnd());
            return View(customers);
Inside the View, in the very first line the CustomerModel class is declared as IEnumerable which specifies that it will be available as a Collection.
For displaying the records, an HTML Table is used. A loop will be executed over the Model which will generate the HTML Table rows with the Customer records.
@using Read_Json_File_MVC.Models;
@model IEnumerable<CustomerModel>
    Layout = null;
<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width" />
    <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
        @foreach (CustomerModel customer in Model)
Read JSON file using C# in ASP.Net MVC