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DataPortal Delete


The DataPortal Delete module allows mass deletion of data in a Composable DataPortal. It takes a Composable Table and uses each row to identify a container to delete from the DataPortal.

DataPortal Delete

The behavior of DataPortal Delete closely follows the behavior of the DataPortal Sync module. The example DataFlow linked and described here includes an example usage of DataFlow Delete and also includes more detailed discussion of the logic used by both modules to identify existing DataPortal containers.

Input Details

Data (required)

This is your input table, which is used to identify the container instances to delete. There are two methods of identifying instances: the ID and join columns.

To identify containers by ID include a column in the table with header InstanceId. The integer value in this column should match the ID of an existing instance. You can find this in the page URL when viewing the instance in question:

... /DataPortal.aspx#/form/2340034/SurveyManager/1/Survey/324

If an ID is provided for every row, Data need not contain any additional columns.

To identify containers by join columns, provide the values to join on as the columns of Data. Each column header should be the exact name of the field in the container (or one of its children) that the data from that column should be joined into. For example, if your DataPortal's container has a field defined as such:

Name DisplayName Description Type ControlType
FirstName First Name System.String Text

Then, the name of your field is FirstName. When specifying your source data table, all values that should be joined into this field should be in the column whose header is FirstName. You can list any number of the fields in your container in this source data table; all of them will be used as join columns.

For each row in the table, if an instance exists with the same values as the row for every join column then that instance will be deleted. If no matching instance is found the row is skipped. If multiple matching instances are found, the module will fail.

Matching on join column will be scoped down by ParentInstanceId if the JoinOnParent input is checked. This includes ParentInstanceId either as a module input or as an additional column in the table. Otherwise the match will be performed across all containers regardless of parent.

There is no need to worry about exact type matching for the values of the join columns — the module will automatically attempt to convert the data provided in the table to the appropriate type in the container's underlying database. Category fields (those with Category as the ControlType in the DataPortal definition) should be entered as the string value in the table, rather than the integer ID.

If you include both an InstanceId column and join columns, the InstanceId value will be used first to identify the instance to delete. If the value is null then the join columns will be used. If the ID is not null but does not match an existing instance a warning will appear in the trace and that row will be skipped; the join columns will not be used.

DataPortalId (required)

This is the ID of the DataPortal you'll be deleting from. Usually this will be filled in automatically when you select the DataPortal by clicking the pencil icon on the input.

If you need to set it manually (for example over a connection), you can find it in the URL when you're viewing your DataPortal on the web, in the bolded section below:

... /DataPortal.aspx#/form/2340034/SurveyManager/1/Survey/324

ContainerName (required)

This is the name of the container that the module will be deleting instances of. You can find it in your DataPortal's Excel template as we did for the field names, or from the page URL when viewing an instance of the container in question:

... /DataPortal.aspx#/form/2340034/SurveyManager/1/Survey/324


If you are identifying containers to delete by join columns rather than by an instance ID, you may want to scope that join down by the parent of the container to be deleted. You can find this parent ID in the URL just before the name of your container:

... /DataPortal.aspx#/form/2340034/SurveyManager/1/Survey/324

You can also choose to leave this input blank and instead include ParentInstanceId as a column in the Data table. In this case each row will be joined under the corresponding parent instance, allowing instances under multiple parents to be deleted with a single input table.

An error will be raised if this input is set and ParentInstanceId is a column in Data. If ParentInstanceId is a column but is not set for some rows then the join performed for those rows will not be limited by parent.

Output Details


A list of any errors that occured during the deletion of instances. These can be any kind of "safe" error that doesn't prevent further processing, such as a row that couldn't be matched to a container instance.


The number of instances that were deleted.