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Queries value in XML.

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XML 7.4 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; XML; Path { ; Flags } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
XML The XML to process.
Can be XML as text or the reference returned by XML.Parse function, so you can make several times queries to the XML without parsing it each time.
Path The path to the node or attribute to query.
With version 11.4 can include backslashes to escape points in the node name.
Flags Various Flags.
Add 1 to ignore errors in xml and continue parsing. This may lead to not everything in the xml being read.
Add 2 to return empty text instead of errors.
Add 4 to format returned XML.
Add 8 to remove all namespaces before query to have queries easier.
Add 32 to return result as XML, if it’s more than just a text.
0 Optional


Returns text or error message.


Queries value in XML.
This function uses a path notation like the JSON functions in FileMaker to describe paths.
You can use name of a node followed by option index in square brackets. On the end you can use # followed by a name of an attribute to select only the attribute.
Delimiter between items can be dot like FileMaker or newline.

For more complex queries, you can use XML.Query instead.


Return test node value:

MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; "<test>Hello</test>"; "test"; 0)

Example result: "Hello"

Query value of attribute:

MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; "<test id=\"123\">Hello</test>"; "test#id")

Example result: "123"

Query value of node:

MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; "<outer><inner>Hello</inner></outer>"; "outer.inner")

Example result: "Hello"

Query subtree as XML:

MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; "<outer><middle><inner>Hello</inner></middle></outer>"; "outer.middle"; 32+4)

Example result:
"<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Query value from complex XML:

MBS("XML.GetPathValue"; XML::BKML_data; "[0].citystatezip";0)

Query items with index:

MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; "<people><personid>123</personid><personid>456</personid><personid>789</personid></people>"; "people.personid[2]"; 0)

Example result: "789"

Query items with index in variable:

MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; "<people><personid>123</personid><personid>456</personid><personid>789</personid></people>"; "people.personid[" & $index & "]"; 0)

Query custom properties of a word file:

# open word file
Set Variable [ $wordfile ; Value: MBS( "WordFile.OpenContainer"; WordFile::Input ) ]
If [ MBS("ISError") ]
    Show Custom Dialog [ "Error" ; $wordFile ]
    Exit Script [ Text Result: ]
End If
# read xml
Set Variable [ $xml ; Value: MBS( "WordFile.GetXML"; $WordFile; "custom") ]
# get property count
Set Variable [ $count ; Value: MBS( "XML.NodeCount"; $xml; "property" ) ]
If [ $count > 0 ]
    Set Variable [ $i ; Value: 0 ]
        Set Variable [ $name ; Value: MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; $xml; "[" & $i & "]#name"; 1+2 ) ]
        Set Variable [ $value ; Value: MBS( "XML.GetPathValue"; $xml; "[" & $i & "].lpwstr"; 1+2 ) ]
        Show Custom Dialog [ "Custom propety" ; $name & ": " & $value ]
        Set Variable [ $i ; Value: $i + 1 ]
        Exit Loop If [ $i >= $count ]
    End Loop
End If
# free memory
Set Variable [ $r ; Value: MBS( "WordFile.Release"; $WordFile) ]

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Created 15th September 2017, last changed 27th June 2022

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