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automatically read the files from the folder & populate the data for the respective header

8 - Asteroid

Dear frnds,
I am new to alteryx , much help will be appreciated.
Problem : I am attaching sample of my input files .. I have 100 Plus such files ..
format remain same for each file but headers differs. We can skip first 5 rows and make the 6 th line as header .
Desired output : I am attaching the sample output .
Since the header in all the files remains between jan to Dec , I would like to combine all the files into one by population the data for the respective header name (months)
I have 100 Plus files so I would like to automatically read the files from the folder .
Please help me to provide the solution for this .
Thank a lot

12 - Quasar

Hi @Ekta


I built a little batch macro for you that can read in all the files for you. It was a bit of a pain getting all the headers to align as the dates came up in all sorts of formats. It might give some issues with your other files - then you just need to adjust the workflow for these scenarios.


Hope this helps! 


12 - Quasar

I was having issues uploading the file - let me know if it doesn't work

8 - Asteroid

Hi Kat, 

Thanks a lot for the workflow, Unfortunately it did not work or may be i dont know how to configure it...Please help me with the detailed explanation.

The workflow did not had any entry and exit connection:(


Thank you 

15 - Aurora
15 - Aurora

@Ekta, do you need the totals rows? You could always add a Summarize tool to give you those (having them right in the data isn't database format)



12 - Quasar

Attached is a workflow with supporting macro to read in a directory of XLSX files, with a known and consistent data structure, parse and reshape as requested.




Tool that will need to be adjusted:
Directory tool, point it to your directory


If the message tool errors because you have a new month format:
Formula tool with the caption "Fix date text format", you would need to change this if there was a new month format in the month header, currently it will parse "2017-0-01" and "Jan-2017" style formats. The message tool will Error if there is a new data format.


If your data structure changes:
Two filter tools with expressions like "[RowID]=7","[RowID]>7", you would change this your header structure changed, 7 is the final header row with the month headers
Text Input with known columns, if you had new columns or wanted different field names, also if you had more columns you would adjust the RecordID tool as well. 5 is the start of the month columns.

I noticed that one of your files was a duplicate, would you like duplicate data to be removed?

12 - Quasar

Hi @Ekta!


Looks like something went super wrong when I packaged the workflow. Does the attached work?


You need to change 2 things:

1. In the batch macro - point the input tool at any one of your excel files

2. In the actual workflow - change to the folder containing your files


Remember to save the changed macro and to run the workflow.




8 - Asteroid


on running the work flow , i got this error, Why it i s so?

Am i doing anything wrong?

I am new to alteryx.

Please help

On running the workflowOn running the workflow

12 - Quasar

Those icons mean the workflow could not find the macro file, the .yxmc file, did you unzip both files into the same folder?


Does this package open for you?

8 - Asteroid

Thank you so much, it worked for me.. 

In some of the Excel i have 2-3 tabs, it is only reading 1st tab and leaving others .What should i be doing in this case?


Best Regards