# Using JSON with docker compose Turns out you can use JSON with docker compose! It's a bit lengthier than YAML, but you don't have to deal with weird whitespace issues wasting half an hour of your time. Here's an example of a docker compose file in JSON: ```json { "version": "3.8", "services": { "nginx": { "image": "nginx:alpine", "ports": [ "8080:80" ], "volumes": [ "./html:/usr/share/nginx/html" ] } } } ``` To use it, just run `docker-compose -f docker-compose.json up` instead of `docker-compose up`. Or you can just write the JSON in `docker-compose.yaml` like a madman. It'll work, though if you do that, you're definitely a psychopath /s P.S. If you want a GUI for it, then I'd recommend using [aleiepure/devtoolbox](https://github.com/aleiepure/devtoolbox) to convert JSON to YAML and vice-versa. It's also got a JSON formatter and a *ton* of other tools, so I'd definitely recommend installing it anyways.