duanguanye4124 2019-06-05 23:37
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I am trying to write a simple custom marshaler and failing. Notice I have an interface that has three functions. Both Happy and Sad structs implement this interface by embedding the emotion struct which implements all the three required functions.

The problem is UnmarshalJSON does not get invoked when I call json.Unmarshal() on the pointer to either Happy or Sad and I can't understand why. You can reproduce the exact codebase in Go Playground or just look below. You will notice that while MarshalJSON is correctly called, UnmarshalJSON isn't.

type Emotion interface {
    String() string
    MarshalJSON() ([]byte, error)
    UnmarshalJSON(data []byte) error 

type emotion struct {
    status string

func (s emotion) String() string {
    return s.status

func (s emotion) MarshalJSON() ([]byte, error) {
        fmt.Println("MarshalJSON is overriden: I am called fine")
    x := struct {
        Status string
        Status: s.String(),

    return json.Marshal(x)

func (s *emotion) UnmarshalJSON(data []byte) error {
        fmt.Println("MarshalJSON is overriden: I am never called")
    y := struct {
        Status string
        Status: "",

    err := json.Unmarshal(data, &y)
    if err != nil {
        return err

    s.status = y.Status
    return nil

type Happy struct {

// Job is not in any detention
type Sad struct {

func main() {
    x := Happy{&emotion{status: "happy"}}
    jsonX, _ := json.Marshal(x)
    var y Emotion
    err := json.Unmarshal(jsonX, &y)
    fmt.Printf("%v", err)
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  • drxkx6149 2019-06-05 23:52

    You cannot unmarshal into an abstract interface type. An interface value is just a pointer to a type (associating that types methods) - it has no storage behind it - because an abstract type cannot know the exact size of any concrete value it may have in the future.

    Using a concrete value type (that also implements that interface) will work:

    y2 := emotion{}
    err = json.Unmarshal(jsonX, &y2)

    Playground: https://play.golang.org/p/8aCEjLgfKVQ

    MarshalJSON is overriden: I am called fine
    EXPECTED ERROR, Can't unmarshal into a non-concrete value: json: cannot unmarshal object into Go value of type main.Emotion
    MarshalJSON is overriden: I am (fixed) and now called
    VALUE: happy
    本回答被题主选为最佳回答 , 对您是否有帮助呢?



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