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Update 3 Oct 2018: Added Excel converters



If you have worked on SAP PI over the past few years, there is a possibility that you may have come across FormatConversionBean – One Bean to rule them all! It is an open source project I developed, providing various format conversion functionalities (complementing SAP's offering) packaged in a custom PI adapter module.


Although CPI provides similar capabilities, some of its converters lack customising options for more complex scenarios.


The good news is - FormatConversionBean is now available in CPI! Over the past weeks, I've began porting over the development to fit into CPI's Camel-based framework, and the bulk of functionality is now ready to be used.



The following table lists the converters that are available as part of FormatConversionBean in CPI. The reference link for each converter provides more details on the available configuration options/parameters.


Note: The converter classes are in a different package (com.equalize.converter.core) compared to their PI counterparts.



Usage in Integration Flow

Due to differences between the nature of the design of integration flows in CPI compared to PI, the approach of using it can be summarised in the following steps.

1) Upload JAR file

2) Configure parameters (via Content Modifier or script)

3) Add Groovy script


Below is a sample integration flow utilising FormatConversionBean.


Further details of each step are as follows:-

Step 1 - Upload JAR file

i) Download latest release of converter-core-x.x.x.jar from GitHub repository.

ii) Use Resources view to upload JAR file as an Archive into Integration Flow.


Note: To use the Excel converters, the following Apache POI 3.17 libraries need to be uploaded into the Integration Flow as well.


Step 2 - Configure parameters

Parameters are passed into FormatConversionBean using Exchange Properties. These can be configured via Content Modifier (sample below) or Script (Groovy or Javascript). Refer to each converter's blog post for details on available parameters.


Step 3 - Add Groovy script

This is the entry point for the execution of FormatConversionBean. Add a Groovy script step in the Integration Flow with the following code.
import com.equalize.cpi.converter.FormatConversionBean

def Message processData(Message message) {

def fcb = new FormatConversionBean(, message.getProperties())
def output = fcb.convert()
return message


That's it! It is as simple as that! 🙂


Source Code, Enhancements & Collaboration

The source code for FormatConversionBean is hosted at the following GitHub repository.

It is a Maven-based project with the following attributes:

  • Mixed Java and Groovy development

  • Unit tests written in Spock

  • Automated Maven build process


Anyone and everyone is welcome to fork/clone the repository to further enhance privately or collaborate publicly on this project.


More details utilising Eclipse/Maven to develop and build the project to follow in a future blog post.


Bugs & Feature Requests

If you encounter any bugs or would like to request for a particular feature, the preferred approach is to raise an issue at the following GitHub repository.

This provides a better avenue to track, communicate and collaborate on the issue instead of the comment section of this blog post.
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