node-red-contrib-bigfixed 1.0.1

A Big Fixed-data parser

npm install node-red-contrib-bigfixed

"Big Fixed" is a Big Node for node-red. It's used to parse fixed length data

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npm install node-red-contrib-bigfixed

Principles for Big Nodes

See biglib for details on Big Nodes. Big Lib and subsequent Big Nodes are a family of nodes built for my own purpose. They are all designed to help me build a complete process for production purposes. For that I needed nodes able to:

  • Flow big volume of data (memory control, work with buffers)
  • Work with a flow of blocks (buffers) (multiple payload within a single job)
  • Tell what they are doing with extended use of statuses (color/message)
  • Use their second output for flow control (start/stop/running/status)
  • Reuse messages in order to propagate _msgid, topic
  • Depends on state of the art libraries for parsing (csv, xml, xlsxs, line, ...)
  • Acts as filters by default (1 payload = 1 action) or data generators (block flow)

All functionnalities are built under a library named biglib and all Big Nodes rely on it


biglib library for building node-red flows that supports blocks, high volume


  • This node's purpose is to parse fixed length data. Description is provided by configuration or the msg.description property.

This node has 3 properties:

  • A data format, required, used to parse incoming data. The format is an array of json document
  • A Trim each value flag used to trim spaces from each element of each line
  • A Silently ignore non matching flag which allows non matching data without throwning errors

It is possible to send these configuration options using an incoming message setting respectively msg.description, msg.trim and msg.ignore

Format is a JSON array for column description.

  • Each column is described by either a start, length, end value (all starting by 1). Different combinations are allowed as only start or start + length or start + end
  • A header which is the property name. If no header is provided, the value is bound to a default named property Col # (Col1, Col2, ...)
  • The trim flag is allowed for each column description or as a global parameter
  • It's also possible to give a map translation table as for example json "map": { "O": true, "N": false }

Example flow files

Try pasting in the flow file below that shows the node behaviour

[{"id":"123e3061.edc1d","type":"inject","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"Sample","topic":"","payload":"","payloadType":"date","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":false,"x":130,"y":120,"wires":[["7d6e179.f8291e8"]]},{"id":"7d6e179.f8291e8","type":"function","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"Sample","func":"msg.payload = \"DATA1     DADA2     DATA3   \";\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":280,"y":120,"wires":[["e6f9a5eb.190658"]]},{"id":"e6f9a5eb.190658","type":"bigfixed","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"fixed","trim":false,"syntax":"javascript","description":"[\n    { \"start\": 1, \"length\": 10, \"trim\": true, \"header\": \"H1\" },\n    { \"start\": 13, \"length\": 3, \"header\": \"D2\" },\n    { \"header\": \"LAST\", \"trim\": true }\n]","ignore":true,"x":430,"y":120,"wires":[["5725bc93.a8da44"],["2087e47b.df781c"]]},{"id":"5725bc93.a8da44","type":"debug","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"data","active":true,"console":"false","complete":"payload","x":690,"y":100,"wires":[]},{"id":"cf7165e3.308e98","type":"comment","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"Sample usage of Big Fixed","info":"","x":190,"y":60,"wires":[]},{"id":"2087e47b.df781c","type":"function","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"records","func":"if (msg.control && msg.control.state == 'end') return { payload: msg.control.records }","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":700,"y":140,"wires":[["1d141fec.e2ebe"]]},{"id":"1d141fec.e2ebe","type":"debug","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"records","active":true,"console":"false","complete":"payload","x":840,"y":140,"wires":[]},{"id":"ff8b58af.0074a8","type":"inject","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"Sample","topic":"","payload":"","payloadType":"date","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":false,"x":130,"y":180,"wires":[["d7b9e1c9.28462"]]},{"id":"d7b9e1c9.28462","type":"function","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"Error","func":"msg.payload = \"DATA1\";\nmsg.description = [\n    { \"start\": 1, \"length\": 10, \"trim\": true, \"header\": \"H1\" },\n    { \"start\": 13, \"length\": 3, \"header\": \"D2\" },\n    { \"header\": \"LAST\", \"trim\": true }\n]\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":270,"y":180,"wires":[["8dcbdd77.72342"]]},{"id":"8dcbdd77.72342","type":"bigfixed","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"fixed","trim":false,"syntax":"javascript","description":"","ignore":false,"x":430,"y":180,"wires":[[],[]]},{"id":"aa93452c.556cb8","type":"inject","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"Sample","topic":"","payload":"","payloadType":"date","repeat":"","crontab":"","once":false,"x":130,"y":240,"wires":[["a42c9bfa.5bd368"]]},{"id":"a42c9bfa.5bd368","type":"function","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"Ignore","func":"msg.payload = \"DATA1\";\nmsg.description = [\n    { \"start\": 1, \"length\": 10, \"trim\": true, \"header\": \"H1\" },\n    { \"start\": 13, \"length\": 3, \"header\": \"D2\" },\n    { \"header\": \"LAST\", \"trim\": true }\n]\nmsg.ignore = true;\nreturn msg;","outputs":1,"noerr":0,"x":270,"y":240,"wires":[["c1d5c08f.3e2a4"]]},{"id":"c1d5c08f.3e2a4","type":"bigfixed","z":"de6fd7b8.219028","name":"fixed","trim":false,"syntax":"javascript","description":"","ignore":false,"x":430,"y":240,"wires":[[],[]]}]

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  • Jacques W


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Node Info

Version: 1.0.1
Updated 2 years, 2 months ago
License: Apache-2.0


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