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Error: "XmlParse Error (2): the element Configuration is not properly closed" with macro or app


Environment Details

  • Alteryx Designer
    • All versions
The following error is seen when running a workflow with macros, or an application.

Error: Join (1): Tool #79: XmlParse Error (2): the element Configuration is not properly closed.

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The Action tool is configured to modify the Inner XML, and therefore the <Configuration> tag is not closed properly.


Change the configuration of the Action tool to update the Outer XML. 

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This is necessary when you are including the <Configuration> tag in the value you are sending to the Action tool. Here is a visual guide to the difference between the OuterXML (in Green) and the Inner XML (in Purple) for the Configuration element you see selected above.

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