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How To: Use Relative Paths

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A relative path is in relation to the location of the App on the users system. For the examples below, let’s assume the Apps are located at C:\Users\ach\Documents\Alteryx
                Relative Path                     Absolute Path                                                                                                   Explanation
1)      input.yxdb                          C:\Users\ach\Documents\Alteryx\input.yxdb                               Current directory
2)      .input.yxdb                       C:\Users\ach\Documents\Alteryx\input.yxdb                               Current directory (this is the current directory notation I use)
3)      .inputs\input.yxdb        C:\Users\ach\Documents\Alteryx\inputs\input.yxdb                 Sub-directory of current directory
4)      ..input.yxdb                     C:\Users\ach\Documents\input.yxdb                                                Back one directory
5)      ....input.yxdb                 C:\Users\ach\input.yxdb                                                                         Back two directories
6)      ......input.yxdb            C:\Users\input.yxdb                                                                                     Back three directories
If you have an App that runs from a user’s desktop that uses data shared on the network, you would want to use an absolute path for the shared data and the rest of the inputs and outputs could use relative paths.

The simplest way to set relative paths is to select your input/output files using absolute (full paths) file paths. After the inputs and outputs have been defined, from the Options menu, go to Advanced Options and select Workflow dependencies. From the Workflow dependencies window (shown below), click the “All Relative” button in the bottom left. This will convert everything to relative paths.

In addition to selecting “All Relative” for the entire module, you can also click on the “Edit” buttons and change individual input/outputs to relative paths:

In the screenshot above, you can check which you want modified and then click the “Relative” button to set the selected input/output tools to relative paths.

Huge thanks to Zach for his contribution this week, until next time!

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Another use case: workflow is saved in the Alteryx\inputs folder, but the file is in the sibling folder, Alteryx\inputs2. Combining options 3 & 4 above made this work.


3&4)      ..inputs2\input.yxdb        C:\Users\ach\Documents\Alteryx\inputs2\input.yxdb                 Sub-directory of back one directory


I have a project with standard "Transformation" and "Output" folders, and I was able to use this method to have a relative path for my output tools to the "Output" folder based on my workflow in the "Transformation" folder.