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pjwilson87
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HTTP Action - Download from Web

So I tried using the HTTP action 'Download from web' and saved the webpage text as 'Get text into variable (for webpages)'.

Is it possible to extract data from that saved variable like I would a webpage (such as find/extract data by CSS selector or maybe Xpath), similar to the action 'Extract data from webpage'?

 

I know I can use the browser automation actions instead to extract data from a webpage, but wondering if I can use the 'Download from web' action without using a browser (and I could extract data from the saved variable).

 

After step 11, I was trying to figure out how to extract specific elements within the variable 'WebPageText' and then I was going to 'Write' it into an Excel file.

Is this possible?

 

Example with screen shot and link to my PAD flow:

 

Power Automate Gallery Link to My PAD Flow 

 

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PetrosF-MSFT
Microsoft
Microsoft

Hi @pjwilson87, the "WebPageText" is a variable of type "Text", so you could use the "Text" actions to extract data from that variable. You could try the "Parse Text" action if you are familiar with regular expressions. 

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Highboy
Super User
Super User

I am a bit curious, why not use "Extract data from webpage"?
Sure you can extract data from the variable "WebPagetext", but it does requiere a bit more work.

PetrosF-MSFT
Microsoft
Microsoft

Hi @pjwilson87, the "WebPageText" is a variable of type "Text", so you could use the "Text" actions to extract data from that variable. You could try the "Parse Text" action if you are familiar with regular expressions. 

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