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3 Easy Steps to Convert XML to Google Sheets

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Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
LAST UPDATED
March 18, 2024
TL;DR

Converting XML to Google Sheets can be done using the IMPORTXML function, Google Apps Script, or automation tools like n8n, catering to various technical expertise levels.

This guide provides a straightforward approach for each method, ensuring you can choose the best option for your needs.

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Converting XML to Google Sheets is a process that can be accomplished through various methods, each catering to different needs and technical expertise levels. This guide will explore three primary ways to import XML data into Google Sheets: using the IMPORTXML function, Google Apps Script, and automation tools like n8n.

Using the IMPORTXML Function

The IMPORTXML function is a built-in Google Sheets feature that allows you to import data from XML, HTML, and other structured data types directly into your spreadsheet. This method is straightforward and does not require any coding knowledge. To use IMPORTXML, follow these steps:

  1. Identify the URL of the XML data you want to import.
  2. In a Google Sheets cell, enter the IMPORTXML formula in the following syntax:
    '=IMPORTXML("URL", "XPath_query")'
  3. Replace "URL" with the actual URL of your XML data and "XPath_query" with the XPath query that specifies the data you want to extract.

For example, to import all items tagged as "food" from an XML file, you would use:
'=IMPORTXML("https://www.example.com/xmlfile.xml", "//food")'

Using Google Apps Script

Google Apps Script offers more flexibility for importing XML data, especially when dealing with files hosted on Google Drive or requiring complex data manipulation. Here's how to use it:

  1. Open the Google Sheets document where you want to import the XML data.
  2. Go to Extensions → Apps Script and create a new script.
  3. Write a custom script to fetch and parse the XML data. For example, to parse an XML file from Google Drive, use the following script:
    'function xmlParser() {
    const fileId = "YOUR_FILE_ID";
    const data = DriveApp.getFileById(fileId).getBlob().getDataAsString();
    let document = XmlService.parse(data);
    let root = document.getRootElement();
    let items = root.getChildren("YOUR_TAG");
    let list = [];
    items.forEach(function (item) {
    fields = item.getChildren();
    subList = [];
    fields.forEach(function (field) {
    subList.push(field.getText());
    });
    list.push(subList);
    });
    writeToSheet(list);
    }
    function writeToSheet(list) {
    let range = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet().getRange(1, 1, list.length, list[0].length);
    range.setValues(list);
    }'
  4. Replace "YOUR_FILE_ID" with the actual ID of your XML file on Google Drive and "YOUR_TAG" with the XML tag you want to parse.
  5. Run the script to import the data into your Google Sheets document.

Automation with n8n

n8n is a workflow automation tool that can be used to import XML data into Google Sheets without writing code. Here's a basic outline of the process:

  1. Set up n8n and create a new workflow.
  2. Use the HTTP Request node to fetch the XML data from its source.
  3. Parse the XML data using the XML node.
  4. Use the Google Sheets node to insert the parsed data into your Google Sheets document.
  5. Configure each node with the necessary details, such as the request URL, XPath queries, and Google Sheets document ID.
  6. Execute the workflow to automate the XML data import process.

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Each of these methods has its advantages and can be chosen based on the specific requirements of your project, such as the complexity of the XML data, the need for automation, and your comfort level with scripting.

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