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Data mapping with Python

This tutorial will give a simple example how you can split complex data coming from a block (e.g. the web API block) into simpler structures, using the python block. For this we have to join a couple of inseri blocks.

If you have no experience with inseri, please start with our Hello World.

Step 1: Create a new post

On your inseri instance or in the playground (remember, your changes will not be saved there), add a new post and give it a title. In this example, we call the post "Data mapping with Python". You can type this at "Add title...".

Step 2: Add a Web API block

Add an inseri Web API block by clicking the + below the title. Select "Browse all" and look for "Web API" in the category inseri.

Enter the following URL in the corresponding field:

Choose the Content Type "JSON" because that is what will be read by the dropdown that we are going to add later.

Now, give your Web API block a meaningful name. For this, open the settings sidebar on the right and enter "webApi-book" under block name. Do not check the option "call automatically". For testing the request you should click on "Configure the settings", and click on "TRY REQUEST".


Step 2: Click on "Configure the settings"

Web API Try Request

Step 2: Click on "TRY REQUEST" to test the request of the Web API block

It should give the following content:

    "title": "Die Physiker",
    "author": "Friedrich Dürrenmatt",
    "publisher": {
        "name": "Arche",
        "place": "Zürich"
    "year": 1962

Step 3: Add a Python block

Add a "Python Code" block the same way you added the web API block.

Once you have the block in your post, select "Write Code". This way you can add the code directly in this block.

First, set the block name to python-divide available in the additional parameters.

Copy this snippet into the Python code editor:

title = data["title"]
author = data["author"]
year = data["year"]
publisher = data["publisher"]

Obviously, this is not yet complete because data is not defined anywhere in the code.

Step 4: Open the extended view for the Python block

Under "Inputs from Blocks", enter the variable name data and accept it with selecting the +. You can now select webApi-book: data to connect this block to the web API block.

Now, you can set several output channels. As with the input, enter a variable name from the script into the textbox and accept with +. For title and author set the content type to "Text". For year use the content type "JSON" as there is no specific type for numbers. publisher is a complex structure that also gets the "JSON" type.

The extended view of the Python block should now look like this:

Extended view of Python block

Step 4: Python block in extended view

Make sure that the block is set to execute automatically.


You can hide the Python block if you want (the setting is above the execute automatically).

Execute automatically

Step 4: Execute automatically setting of the Python block

Step 5: Add text viewers

Now, add four text viewers. Set their inputs to python-divide: author, python-divide: year, python-divide: title, python-divide: publisher, respectively.


You can edit the source of the Text Viewer block by clicking on the edit icon. This can be used for other inseri core blocks as well.

Edit Source

Step 5: You can edit the source used by the Text Viewer block

Step 6: Save and publish

You can save and publish your post like any WordPress post.

Once published, the four text blocks will show their content after you press "Call Web API".

If you change the web-API block to execute automatically, the content will appear immediately.


The following graph shows how the blocks are connected:

GwebApi_bookWeb API: webApi-bookpython_dividePython Code: python-dividewebApi_book->python_dividewebApi-book: data (json)textViewer_titleText Viewer: textViewer-titlepython_divide->textViewer_titlepython-divide: title (text)textViewer_authorText Viewer: textViewer-authorpython_divide->textViewer_authorpython-divide: author (text)textViewer_yearText Viewer: textViewer-yearpython_divide->textViewer_yearpython-divide: year (json)textViewer_publisherText Viewer: textViewer-publisherpython_divide->textViewer_publisherpython-divide: publisher (json)