Analysis of the exported JSON file of a flow

Hello everyone,

I was just interested if there is a way to analyze the exported JSON file of a flow.
By "analyze" I mean if there is an available documentation about the specific properties
of the exported JSON file.
For instance, I created a simple flow where you inject a timestamp to a debug node that prints it on the console. I pasted the exported JSON file below. I am interested and would like to know what the specific properties mean.
Could anyone please tell me if there is any documentation about the exported JSON files and where can I find it?

        "id": "fd8f03e8cfaaf70e",
        "type": "tab",
        "label": "Flow 2",
        "disabled": false,
        "info": "",
        "env": []
        "id": "3fad3c8d45d3194a",
        "type": "inject",
        "z": "fd8f03e8cfaaf70e",
        "name": "",
        "props": [
                "p": "payload"
                "p": "topic",
                "vt": "str"
        "repeat": "",
        "crontab": "",
        "once": false,
        "onceDelay": 0.1,
        "topic": "",
        "payload": "",
        "payloadType": "date",
        "x": 260,
        "y": 280,
        "wires": [
        "id": "7895593faa350b91",
        "type": "debug",
        "z": "fd8f03e8cfaaf70e",
        "name": "",
        "active": true,
        "tosidebar": true,
        "console": false,
        "tostatus": false,
        "complete": "false",
        "statusVal": "",
        "statusType": "auto",
        "x": 510,
        "y": 280,
        "wires": []

Thank you in advance.

Hi @StefanCh

there is a somewhat old specification for the flow format here: Flow Format · node-red/node-red Wiki · GitHub

The basic principle is the flow is made up from an array of node objects. In general, each node object has a set of standard properties, common to all, and a set of properties that are specific to that type of node.

The common properties are things like id, type, name, x, y, z.

The nodes of type tab are the flow tabs in the editor. A node identifies which flow it is on by its z property (set to the id of the corresponding tab node (or subflow...).

I realise that's a super brief overview, but hopefully gives you a bit of a steer.

Hello @knolleary

thank you for your helpful reply.
Your explanation and link to the specification gave me a bit of steer.
If I have further questions in the future regarding the format of the flows, I will post in the forum under the tag documentation again.

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