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Is it possible to import an .arx script file into ARIS using the scripting language?

by Eva Klein
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Posted on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 08:29

Hi Freddy,

yes you can import .arx files into ARIS. For this check out the following article "Reports and macros in ARIS".




by Freddy Barkhuizen Author
Posted on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 09:36

Hi Eva,

That article is about importing .arx files using ARIS. I want to know if you can do it programmatically using another javascript report?

by Amol Patil
Posted on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 11:31

Hi Freddy,

Keep both the javscript reports in same group. For eg. Report 1 and Report 2

Consider we have to import code from Report 2 in Report 1.

1) Keep Report 2 in same folder group as of Report 1, or keep Report 2 in common files.

2) Go to Properties of Report 1. Select "General" tab. There you will find "Imported Files" button. You can select files to be imported into Report 1. Report 2 will also be listed there.


If you want to execute Report 2 in some point of time in Report 1 execution, check Report component for Report.execute method.


Amol Patil


by Freddy Barkhuizen Author
Posted on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 13:02

Hi Amol,

This will still not allow me to import .arx files programmatically.


I have a ZIP file that contains around 50 arx file, in my ARIS Script I already have the code that extracts the ZIP file, now I want to know if their is away to import the arx files with code in a ARIS Script?


by Amol Patil
Posted on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 16:46

Hi Freddy,


I misunderstood you problem. Now I guess you need to unzip the zip file containing .arx, and import them in some folder in ARIS, through script. Please try the following if it helps.

1. Create a blank Folder in ARIS script module. e.g. "Import".

2. You have a code to unzip arx file. This is gr8. You need to further unzip .arx file also. There will be minimum 3 files for each .arx file (.info, .script, .loc)

3. Use some java code to copy all the unzipped arx (.info, .script, .loc) files to the folder "Import" located at "{ARIS Install}\server\templates\scriptservice\Report\Import".

4. Might require aris server restart.


Amol Patil

by Deleted User
Posted on Sun, 08/28/2011 - 01:05

What you are trying to is something like the C/C++ "#include" statement, correct?

Hypothetical syntax:


// use included library functions here




Maybe we could emulate #include's behaviour using a combination of java file reader + javascript eval(..).


by Freddy Barkhuizen Author
Posted on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 11:27

Hi All,

I finally found a way to do the importing of an .arx file using javascript.

Here is my code:

var oScript = new"");
var oVASN = new com.idsscheer.aris.cltech.common.core.ariscommon.VASNInfo(0,0);

oScript.deleteCategory(1,1,"", new Array("Fred Test"),false,oVASN);
oScript.createCategory(1,"", new Array("Fred Test"),oVASN);

var oFile = Dialogs.getFilePath("", "*.arx!!ARIS Script Files|*.arx||", "", "Select ARX File to Import", 1);
    oFile = oFile[0];
    var bytes = oFile.getData();
    Dialogs.MsgBox(oScript.importScript(1,1, "", "Fred Test", 1, bytes, true, oVASN));

This script deletes the "Fred Test" category and then creates it again. It then show me a open dialog where I can select the .arx file I want to import. 

The script imports the .arx file into the "Fred Test" category.

There is only one problem, for some reason it creates a weird artifact in the "Fred Test" category called "__COMPONENT_1".

Do you maybe know why it is doing that, and how I can fix it?

by Deleted User
Posted on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 13:45

Hi Fred,

That's an interesting hack you have over there, using internal classes for script handling :-)

I believe the artifact "__COMPONENT_1" is part of the ARX file (which is a ZIP file itself):



(If someone requests, I can post more information on this subject - ARX file formats)

Maybe some arguments to oScript.ImportScript are incorrect? I haven't checked the parameter semantics, but I guess one of them controls what artifact we pull from the ARX file (component, source code, locale info, script info,...)

Just a wild guess.

I've tried running your code on 7.0.2 (old version, I know), without luck. I have access to other versions as well, so what's the ARIS version you are using? 7.2?


by Freddy Barkhuizen Author
Posted on Thu, 09/15/2011 - 13:43

Hi Kyle,

Thanks for the reply, it really helped a lot. Got it working.

I'm using ARIS 7.1 R 06 .

by Francois Du Toit
Posted on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:07

Hi Freddy,

Thank you for the interesting script. Why would you want to import external ARX files into ARIS, I would just like to understand the background a little better.

Could you also please provide your last version where you got it working just to finalise the thread?

Thank you in advance.


Francois du Toit


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