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Dealing With New Version Workflows Before You Upgrade

Alteryx Certified Partner
Alteryx Certified Partner

Symptoms

Have you ever downloaded a workflow solution from the community and found that the solution used a more recent version than you were running at work (e.g. 10.5 vs 10.1)?  Alteryx won't allow you to open the workflow if your version of the workflow is newer than your software supports.  I've seen this a few times in my career and while it makes sense that new functionality or new tools wouldn't work but for the most part, you're likely using tools that the version won't matter with.

 

Diagnosis

My friend and colleague jdunkerley79 recently wrote a blog post about Alteryx versions (https://jdunkerley.co.uk/2016/06/29/adjusting-alteryx-files-for-different-versions/) explaining HOW-TO get around the version safety control.  While we've both encountered this symptom in the community, we've been either manually editing workflows in the background or telling folks how to solve the problem using Notepad.

 

If you get a message similar to this picture, there is a solution for you:

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Solution

In the Alteryx gallery (https://gallery.alteryx.com/#!apps/galleryv) I've posted a new macro to allow users to modify a workflow source version number:

https://gallery.alteryx.com/#!app/Modify-Alteryx-Workflow-Version/5773f9c33df7da0e58dc82d3

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For those cases where new functionality isn't present in a workflow, this macro should do the trick for you.  After you download the macro and save it to your computer, you can open a new workflow and put the macro on the canvas.  There aren't any inputs or outputs to link with the macro.  Answer the questions of "where is the workflow" and "what version are you running" and a new workflow will be created.  Your original workflow is left as-is and a new workflow with a "WorkflowName_v_##_#" is created.

 

Attached is a version 10 and version 10.5 copy of the macro.  If you are using an older version of Alteryx, let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do about creating a time-machine for you!

Comments
Magnetar
Magnetar

Unrelated: if my eyeballs do not deceive me, you landed this precisely on post #20,000. :-)

 

Alteryx Certified Partner
Alteryx Certified Partner
Very cool!

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