The /http/import Robot

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The /http/import Robot imports any file that is publicly available via a web URL into Transloadit.

Parameters

Name Type Default Description
use (required) String / Array of Strings

General

Specifies which Step(s) to use as the input to this Robot.

Special Step names

A special Step name is ":original", which provides user uploads handled by Transloadit.

Providing several Steps as input

You can add arrays to use several Steps:
"use": [
  ":original",
  "encoded",
  "resized"
]

Step bundling

Some Robots can gather several Step results for a single invocation. For example, the /file/compress Robot would normally create one Zip file for each file passed to it. If you'd set bundle_steps to true, however, it will create one archive containing all the result files from all Steps you give it. To enable bundling, provide an object like the one below to the use parameter:
  "use": {
    "steps": [
      ":original",
      "encoded",
      "resized"
    ],
    "bundle_steps": true
  }
This is a crucial parameter for the /video/adaptive Robot, otherwise you'll generate 1 playlist for each viewing quality.
Keep in mind that all input Steps must be present in your Template. If one of them is missing, no result is generated because the Robot waits indefinitely for all input Steps to be finished.

Group by original

Sticking with the /file/compress Robot example, you can set group_by_original to true, in order to create a separate Zip file for each of your uploaded or imported files, instead of creating one archive containing all originals (or one per resulting file). This is a crucial parameter for the /media/playlist Robot.

Demo

See a demo for the use parameter here.
url (required) String / Array of Strings The URL from which the file to be imported can be retrieved. You can also specify an array of URLs or a string of | delimited URLs to import several files at once. Please also check the url_delimiter parameter for that.
url_delimiter String "|" Provides the delimiter that is used to split the URLs in your url parameter value.
headers Array of Strings [] Custom headers to be sent for file import. This is an empty array by default, such that no additional headers expect the necessary ones (e.g. Host) are sent.
force_name String / Null null Custom name for the imported file. Defaults to null, which means the file name is derived from the supplied URL.
ignore_errors Array [] Possible array members are "meta" and "import". There might be an error coming up when trying to extract meta data from your imported files. This happens for files that are zero bytes big for example. Including "meta" in the array will cause the Robot to not stop the import (and the entire Assembly) when that happens. Including "import" in the array will ensure Robot does not error out on any import errors either. To keep backwards compatibility, setting this parameter to true will set it to ["meta", "import"] internally.

Demos

Our /http/import Robot can be used in combination with other Robots, to create powerful workflows unique to your use case. Here are a few example scenarios that you can try live on our website:

Blog posts about the /http/import Robot

We wrote the following posts about the /http/import Robot on our blog:

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