XML: Parse string field

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Use this action to save a value from a XML formatted string.

This action will save a single value, so it is best used for simple strings where only one item is needed. To save more than one value, use the XML: Convert XML to JSON action then convert the JSON using the Field: Create fields from JSON action.

Use case

This action is typically part of a process that involves Web API actions. A common application for this action is to convert the output of the Web API: Send Get Request action to JSON to use in a field formula or converted into a Catalytic field with the Field: Create fields from JSON action.

How to configure this action

Here’s an example of XML string as an input for this action:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?><account><accountID>12345</accountID><accountName>Vandelay Industries</accountName><employees><employeeID>1</employeeID><name>Art Vandelay</name></employees><employees><employeeID>2</employeeID><name>Kel Varnsen</name></employees><employees><employeeID>3</employeeID><name>H.E. Pennypacker</name></employees></account>

The following examples demonstrate the effects of different XPath Expressions when evaluated over the XML string above.

XPath Expression XPath Effect Result
//name Returns the first name node, no matter where it is Art Vandelay
//employeeID Returns the first employeeID node, no matter where it is 1
account//accountName Returns the accountName that is the child of account Vandelay Industries
/account/employees/name[2] Returns the second name node Kel Varnsen
/account/* Returns the first child node of the account node 12345
//name[last()] Returns the last name node, no matter where it is H.E. Pennypacker

All expressions will return the first value, even if it were to return multiple results. In some cases, a fix task may occur when an XPath expression returns multiple results.

Fields for this action

  • XML String to Parse From

  • XPath Expression

    • Enter the XPath Expression to evaluate over the XML file.
  • Filename You Want to Save the Result As

    • Enter a name for the field in which the result should be saved.
    • The step’s name is used as the output field name by default.

What will this output?

The name of the output field where the value is stored will be the Filename You Want to Save the Result As defined during configuration.

Output fields for this action

  • Filename You Want to Save the Result As

    • This field stores the value evaluated from the XML string.

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