Marshal returns empty json of my struct


I’m working on a code that scan a repertory into a struct in order to export it to json.

Currently, my code scans finely a repertory with the ScanDir function, but when I try to Marshal my struct it only returns {}.

// file's struct
type Fic struct {
    nom     string    `json:"fileName"`
    lon     int64     `json:"size"`
    tim     time.Time `json:"lastFileUpdate"`
    md5hash []byte    `json:"md5"`

// folder's struct
type Fol struct {
    subFol []Fol     `json:"listFolders"`
    files  []Fic     `json:"listFiles"`
    nom    string    `json:"folderName"`
    tim    time.Time `json:"lastFolderUpdate"`

func main() {
    var root Fol
    err := ScanDir("./folder", &root)   // scan a folder and fill my struct
    b, err := json.Marshal(root)

func check(err error) {
if err != nil {
    fmt.Fprintf(os.Stderr, "Fatal error : %s", err.Error())


In order to marshal and unmarshal json, fields/property of struct needs to be public. To make the field/property of struct public it should start with Upper Case. In your all the fields are in lower case.

type Fic struct {
    Nom     string    `json:"fileName"`
    Lon     int64     `json:"size"`
    Tim     time.Time `json:"lastFileUpdate"`
    Md5hash []byte    `json:"md5"`

// folder's struct
type Fol struct {
    SubFol []Fol     `json:"listFolders"`
    Files  []Fic     `json:"listFiles"`
    Nom    string    `json:"folderName"`
    Tim    time.Time `json:"lastFolderUpdate"`

Answered By – Prashant Thakkar

Answer Checked By – Jay B. (GoLangFix Admin)

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