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XML Manipulation

Author  Jerry Chae


Primary Features

The XML Manipulation plugin edits XML files. It includes six useful operations that are set, get, delete, length, appendnext, and appendchild


About XML and Xpath

XML is a format to organize text information with certain rules and used frequently as configuration files as the format is very helpful for both machines and humans to READ. To read a specific data in XML document, Xpath is the widely used approach. With the XML Manipulation plugin, it deploys lxml format the here is the link to a thorough explanation as to the Xpath.

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Input (Requirements)

  • Operation
    • Get                          retrieves data
    • Set                          writes/modifies data
    • Delete                     deletes data
    • Length                    obtain # of elements
    • Appendnext            appends data at the same level
    • Appendchild           appends data to a level below
    • Input XML file                      file must have extension .xml
    • Input Xpath statement        see above link for more explanations

Input (Advanced)

  • Output xml file-path          must specify output file path for delete, set, and append menus
  • String for Value                 used to specify value for set and append menus
  • Strip Blanks                      removes white spaces before and after the returned value (get)


  • Return Value
    • String for the get and length operations
    • Output file path for set, delete, and append operations

  • Return Code
    • 0 for successful execution
    • 1 for invalid xml input file
    • 2 for invalid Xpath statement
    • 99 for everything else


Parameter Setting Examples

Below examples are using this sample .xml file

1)      Get value with Absolute Xpath

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2)      Get value with Relative Xpath

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3)      Get attribute with Relative Xpath

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4)      Length operation

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5)      Delete value operation

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6)      Delete attribute operation

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7)      Set value operation – modification of existing value

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8)      Set attribute – modifying existing attribute

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9)      Set attribute – adding non-existing attribute

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10)      Append_next operation

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11)      Append_child operation

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Return Code

0Execution successful
1Parameter error (invalid XML file)
2Reference error (invalid XPath)
99Other errors

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