Using the XML Extract Task

The XML Extract Task is an SSIS control flow task component that can be used to send an HTTP request and receive a response. A common use case for this component is downloading a file.

The component includes the following two pages to configure how the request should be sent and how to process the response:

  • General
  • Error Handling

General Page

The General page of the XML Extract Task allows you to specify the general settings of the component.

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Connection Properties
Connection Manager

The XML Extract Task requires a connection in order to connect to the web service. The Connection Manager drop-down will show a list of all HTTP Connection Managers that are available to your current SSIS package.

Code Page

Specify the Code Page of the file.

HTTP Method

The method that will be used when sending HTTP requests. Available methods include:

  • GET
  • POST
  • PUT
Relative Path

The Relative Path field allows you to specify a string containing the relative location of the URL that the request will be sent to. The base URL comes from the connection manager. For example, if you want to download a file called "file1.txt" from you would create a connection manager with the base URL and in the XML Extract Task set the Relative Path to "file1.txt".

Request Settings
Query String Parameters

The Query String Parameters grid allows you to add query string parameters and values that will be appended to the URL of the request.

Requester Headers

The Requester Headers grid allows you to add HTTP headers that will be used for the request.

    Request Body -Body
    The Body field allows you to configure the body of your request. If the connection manager is using the GET method, such as when downloading files, the body would typically be left empty.


    The Output page lets you pick how to parse the XML output.

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    • XPath: The XPath for the XML node can be provided here.
    • Output Variable:  Select the variable from a drop-down field that allows a variable to be chosen.
    • Error On Not Found: Check this option to raise an error on value or node not found in XPath.
    Expression fx Icon

    Click the blue fx icon to launch SSIS Expression Editor to enable dynamic updates of the property at run time.

    Error Handling Page

    The Error Handling page allows you to specify how errors should be handled when they happen.

    XML Extract Task - Error Handling.png

    There are three options available.

    1. Fail on error
    2. Write error to variable: This allows you to choose the variable to write the error to.
    3. Ignore error