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Parse text from email attachment and add row into spreadsheet

Hi,

 

I am getting regular (every 30 mins) automated emails with a .txt file attached consisting of data that I want to be automatically entered into a spreadsheet. The .txt file has the same format every time and looks like this:

 

 

NS;5247
Su;6163

(2 rows affected)

 

 

 

and the body of the email looks like this:

 

 

Here is the report for 12/08/2021 10:55:33

 

 

 

What I want to do is enter this data into a new row on a spreadsheet every time I get a new email (with the same sender/subject every time), so that the data from every email is inputted into the spreadsheet in this format below. 

 

TypeCountDateTime
NS524712/08/2021 10:55:33
Su616312/08/2021 10:55:33

 

Additionally, I have a lot emails already sent to me that have this data but are not entered into the spreadsheet, would it be possible to create a flow that enters the figures from the previous emails into a spreadsheet? However, this is not as important as the previous issue as I can do this manually.

 

Thanks in advance

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fchopo
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Super User

Hi,

In this excellent post it's explained how to extract data from txt file: Solved: Txt file to Excel table - Power Platform Community (microsoft.com)

In any case, you could do something like this:

1) When you receive an email with a specific subject:

2) Initialize a variable with a line break

3) For each attachment in the email

3.1) Get the attachment and get all the lines:

split(body('get_attachment_(v2)'),variables('lines'))

3.2) For all the lines

3.2.1) Get fields Type and Count using :

split(item(),';')[0]

or [1] according to the position in the text file.

3.2.2.) Create an Excel row.

excel-row.png

 

Hope it helps!

Ferran

 

 

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fchopo
Super User
Super User

Hi,

In this excellent post it's explained how to extract data from txt file: Solved: Txt file to Excel table - Power Platform Community (microsoft.com)

In any case, you could do something like this:

1) When you receive an email with a specific subject:

2) Initialize a variable with a line break

3) For each attachment in the email

3.1) Get the attachment and get all the lines:

split(body('get_attachment_(v2)'),variables('lines'))

3.2) For all the lines

3.2.1) Get fields Type and Count using :

split(item(),';')[0]

or [1] according to the position in the text file.

3.2.2.) Create an Excel row.

excel-row.png

 

Hope it helps!

Ferran

 

 

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Anonymous
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Hi,

 

This seems to be the correct approach, but I am getting an error when testing this flow:

trent_lim_0-1638996577801.png

 

fchopo
Super User
Super User

Please, review the parameters in the Get Attachment (v2) action.

Regards,

Ferran

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Anonymous
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Hey Ferran,

 

I have figured out the issue. I needed to put the attachment content into a string variable so that it would input the plaintext into the spreadsheet instead of the attachment's contentbytes. Here is my approach:

 

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But your answer was really helpful, so I'll mark it as the solution.

Hi @Anonymous, 

 

Can you help me on how to put the content of the attachment into a string variable? Because I try this way, but I can only extract the content in bytes. I am unable to extract the contents of the string from the attached file.

 

 

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