Decompresses and decrypts the values of the specified attributes that were compressed by the AttributeCompressor.

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Typical Uses

How does it work?

The AttributeDecompressor lets you pick one, some, or all attributes on incoming features to be decompressed. If the compressed attributes have been encrypted, the password can be provided to decrypt them. Features passing through the transformer are output with their attribute names unchanged, selected values decompressed, and other values intact.


Usage Notes

  • The AttributeDecompressor uses the zlib library to provide basic compression, and the OpenSSL library to provide encryption.
  • When writing encrypted data to a database, it's best to use a Blob data type. That way the data is always stored in a binary data type and can be decrypted by the AttributeDecompressor. If the database field type is a string, then you should use the BinaryEncoder transformer before writing (to convert the binary value to a string) and the BinaryDecoder transformer after reading (to convert the string back to a binary value capable of being decrypted by the AttributeDecompressor).


Input Ports

Output Ports


Editing Transformer Parameters

Using a set of menu options, transformer parameters can be assigned by referencing other elements in the workspace. More advanced functions, such as an advanced editor and an arithmetic editor, are also available in some transformers. To access a menu of these options, click beside the applicable parameter. For more information, see Transformer Parameter Menu Options.

Defining Values

There are several ways to define a value for use in a Transformer. The simplest is to simply type in a value or string, which can include functions of various types such as attribute references, math and string functions, and workspace parameters. There are a number of tools and shortcuts that can assist in constructing values, generally available from the drop-down context menu adjacent to the value field.

Dialog Options - Tables

Transformers with table-style parameters have additional tools for populating and manipulating values.


Processing Behavior


Feature Holding


Dependencies None

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