Short Description
    Filter Attributes
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    Short Description

    Filter component filters input records according to a specified condition.

    ComponentSame input metadataSorted inputsInputsOutputsJavaCTLAuto-propagated metadata


    Port typeNumberRequiredDescriptionMetadata
    Input0For input data recordsAny
    Output0For allowed data recordsInput 0
    1For rejected data recordsInput 0

    This component has one input port and one or two output ports. The first input port and the first output port are mandatory. The optional second output port can be used for rejected data if it is connected to another component.


    Filter has no metadata template.

    Metadata can be propagated through this component.

    All output metadata must be the same.

    Filter Attributes

    AttributeReqDescriptionPossible values
    Filter expression[1]

    An expression according to which records are filtered. It is a CTL expression returning boolean.

    e.g. $in.0.field1==2
    Filter class[1]Name of an external class defining which records pass the filter. 

    [1] One of these attributes must be specified. In case both Filter expression and Filter class is specified, the former will be used. The Java class referenced by the Filter class attribute is expected to implement the RecordFilter interface.


    Filter receives records through input port and filters them according to a logical expression. It sends all records corresponding to the filter expression to the first output port and all rejected records to the second output port.

    Unmatched records are sent to the second output port only if it is connected. If no edge is connected to the second output port, unmatched records are discarded.

    Filter Expression

    To configure this component, specify the Filter expression. The filter expression can be very simple - just a comparison or a single CTL function returning boolean.

    $in.0.count == 1

    The filter expression can consist of several subexpressions connected with logical operators.

    $in.0.isInteger($in.0.count) && $in.0.weightKgs <= 1500

    To express precedence of particular subexpressions, use parentheses.

    ( $in.0.weightKgs > 0 && $in.0.weightKgs < 1500 ) || $in.0.product == "C"

    For these subexpressions, there is a set of functions that can be used and set of comparison operators (greater than, greater than or equal to, less than, less than or equal to, equal to, not equal to). The latter can be selected in the Filter editor dialog as the mathematical comparison signs (>, >=, <, <=, ==, !=) or as textual abbreviations (.gt., .ge., .lt., .le., .eq., .ne.).

    All of the record field values should be expressed by their port numbers preceded by a dollar sign, dot and their names. For example, $in.0.employeeid.

    Components with Similar Functionality

    You can also use the Partition component as a filter instead of Filter. With the Partition component you can define much more sophisticated filter expressions and distribute data records among more output ports.

    Or you can use the Reformat component as a filter.

    Java Interface for Filter

    Beside filter expression, it is possible to define filtering by Java class implementing org.jetel.component.RecordFilter interface. The class requires a default (no arguments) constructor. The interface consists of the following methods:

    • void init()

      Called before isValid() is used.

    • void setTransformationGraph(TransformationGraph)

      Associates a transformation graph with the filter class instance.

    • boolean isValid(DataRecord)

      Is called for each incoming data record. The implementor shall answer true if the record passes the filter, false otherwise.


    Filtering according to a single field value

    This example shows the basic use case of the Filter.

    The input contains data on the products sold in the last year. We are interested in figures related to one particular product, e.g. pencils. Filter out other products.

    The metadata contains Product, Count and Location fields.

    Pen       | 324 | Edinburgh
    Pencil    | 543 | Edinburgh
    Sharpener | 54  | Edinburgh
    Pen       | 150 | Glasgow
    Pencil    | 834 | Glasgow
    Pen       | 92  | Stirling
    Pencil    | 257 | Stirling

    Use Filter. In the component, specify the Filter Expression.

    Filter expression
    $in.0.Product == "Pencil"

    The following records have been sent to the first output port. Other records have been filtered out.

    Pencil    | 543 | Edinburgh
    Pencil    | 834 | Glasgow
    Pencil    | 257 | Stirling

    Note that comparison with == operator is case sensitive.

    To compare the strings case-insensitively, convert both operands to the same case first.

    lowerCase( $in.0.Product ) == "pencil"

    See lowerCase or upperCase.


    VersionCompatibility Notice
    4.5.0-M2ExtFilter was renamed to Filter.