Tasks

GoAnywhere MFT™ includes over 60 built-in tasks for performing a wide variety of business processes. This includes tasks to retrieve and distribute files, transform data, encrypt/decrypt files, compress/decompress files and interact with databases. Other tasks can be used to call native commands, execute programs, send emails, search and replace file contents and more.

You can also build your own custom tasks to use within Projects. This is especially helpful if you need to perform special processing or connect to ERP systems and other applications using proprietary interfaces.

Multiple tasks can be "chained" together within a Project to perform a series of steps. For instance, a Project could be defined with a task to retrieve an XML file from a trading partner, then another task to parse the XML and finally a task to import the data into a database table.

Listed below is a summary of the built-in tasks:

MQ MESSAGING
Open MQ Session Opens a Message Queue Session with a MQ (JMS) Server.
MQ Send Message Sends messages to a MQ Server.
MQ Retrieve Message Retrieves messages from a MQ Server.
Commit/Rollback MQ Message Processes or rolls back MQ Messages without closing the session.
Close MQ Session Closes the session with the MQ Server.
 
NATIVE CALLS
Execute IBM i Commands and Programs Executes (calls) a command or program on a IBM i (iSeries) machine.
Execute Native Command Executes a command (e.g. executable, script, etc.) on the system that is locally accessible by GoAnywhere MFT.
 
COMPRESSION
Zip Compresses, packages and optionally encrypts files using the ZIP standard.
UnZip Decompresses ZIP files.
GZip Compresses files using the GZIP standard.
GUnzip Decompresses GZIP files.
Tar Packages several files together using the TAR standard.
Untar Unpackages a TAR file.
 
DATABASE
SQL Runs any SQL statement supported by the database server (i.e. SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, CREATE, DELETE, CALL, etc). This task is especially useful for extracting data from database tables, which could then be converted to various file formats and transmitted.  It is also useful for importing data from files that may have been retrieved from trading partners.
 
DATA TRANSLATION
Read CSV Reads a CSV file and produces an output that can be used in another task (for instance, to import into a database).
Write CSV Converts a set of records to a CSV (delimited text) formatted file.
Read Excel Reads an Excel file and produces an output that can be used in a different task (for instance, to convert to CSV format). Supports reading from Microsoft Excel 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 workbooks.
Write Excel Converts a set of records to Microsoft Excel file format. Supports Microsoft Excel 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 file types.
Password Protect Excel Encrypts Microsoft Excel .xlsx documents for password protection
Read Fixed-width Reads a fixed-width formatted file and produces an output that can be used in another task (for instance, to convert to XML format).
Write Fixed-width Converts a set of records to a fixed-width (e.g. fixed length) formatted file.
Read Flat File Reads a flat file and produces an output that can be used in another task.
Read XML Reads data from a XML document (with or without Schema and DTD validation) and produces one or more outputs that can be used in another task (for instance, to import into a database).
Write XML Converts records to an XML document. Accepts multiple inputs to produce complex XML structures with optional Schema and DTD validation. For example, order header and order detail records can be combined within a single XML document.
Modify RowSet Modifies the contents of rows or records.
 
EMAIL
Retrieve Email Retrieves E-Mail messages from POP3 and IMAP servers (with or without S/MIME encryption).
Send Email Sends E-Mail messages through a SMTP server (with or without S/MIME encryption). Supports file attachments.
 
ENCRYPTION
PGP Decrypt Decrypts files using the Open PGP (GPG) standard.
PGP Encrypt Encrypts files using the Open PGP (GPG) encryption standard.
PGP Sign Signs files with a private key (uses Open PGP).
PGP Verify Verifies file signatures with a public key (uses Open PGP).
 
FILE SYSTEM
Copy Copies files and directories on local file systems, as well as network shares.
Move Moves files and directories.
Delete Deletes files and directories.
Rename Renames one or more files in a directory.
Make Directory Creates a new directory on the file system.
Search and Replace Searches for a string in a file and replaces it with a new value.
Merge Files Merges multiple files into a single file.
Create File List Builds a list of files based on filter criteria (e.g. wildcards, size, date). This "file list" can then be used in other tasks.
 
FTP
FTP Connects to a FTP server for performing file transfers (gets, puts) and other FTP commands.
FTPS Connects to a FTPS server for transferring files over SSL/TLS.
SFTP Connects to a SFTP server for transferring files over SSH.
SCP Connects to a SCP-compliant server for transferring files over SSH.
Close Session Closes an open FTP or FTPS session.
 
JOB CONTROL
Call Module Routes control to another Module within the Project.
Call Project Executes a Project on the same installation of GoAnywhere MFT.
Call Remote Project Executes another Project on a different installation of GoAnywhere MFT.
If / Else Evaluate conditions and make processing flow decisions accordingly.
Exit Module Exits the Module when a condition is true.
Exit Project Exits a Project at the specified location if a condition is true.
 
MISCELLANEOUS
Close RowSet Allows manual closing of a RowSet rather than relying on the project to handle this when finished.
Create Workspace Creates a temporary directory to store files while the job is running.
Delete Workspace Deletes the job's workspace, if any.
Deny Trigger Event Called by a 'Before Trigger' event. Will stop a file from being received or sent, which is useful when scanning files for viruses or performing DLP
Print Writes user-specified text into the job log.
Raise Error Generates an error in the Project, which can be used to abort the job or route control to another Module.
Set Variable Assigns a new value to a Variable.
Timestamp Makes the current date and time availabe to various tasks in the project. Custom formats can be defined to indicate how the date and/or time should be formatted.
 
Web
AS2 Send messages using Applicability Statement 2. (licensed separately)
GoAnywhere HTTPS Posts and Gets data from the HTTPS server in the GoAnywhere MFT product.
HTTP Transfers files or calls web services using HTTP protocol.
HTTPS Transfers files or calls web services using HTTPS (HTTP over SSL).
ICAP Send files to an ICAP-enabled server which can perform Anti-Virus and DLP functions.