Automate Import/Export channels functionality – Part2

This code will consist of the data needed for Mirth channel (B) in the server 2.

Basically, this channel will be reading the JSON message, decode the incoming encoded message, then automatically import those channel and then deploy it. This channel will be responsible to do all the importing operations and this will happen without any manual intervention.

Please use the below code in the source transformer of the channel and proceed connecting the mirth server 1 and mirth server 2


//Define and Initilize Mirth controller instances
var channelController = ChannelController.getInstance();
var codeTemplateController = CodeTemplateController.getInstance();
var configurationController = ConfigurationController.getInstance();

//Get list of existing libraries & channel dependencies here
var existingLibraries = codeTemplateController.getLibraries(null, true);
var channelDependencies = configurationController.getChannelDependencies();
var restoreChannelGroups = channelController.getChannelGroups(null);
var restoreLibraries = codeTemplateController.getLibraries(null, true);
var restoreChannelTagSet = configurationController.getChannelTags();
var restoreChannelDependencies = configurationController.getChannelDependencies();
var restoreDeployedChannels = channelController.getDeployedChannels(null);

//Get channel metadata
var channelMetaDataMap = configurationController.getChannelMetadata();

var abortDeploymentAndRestoreBackup = false;
var fileSuffix = DateUtil.getCurrentDate(“MMddyyyyHHmmss”);
var backupFileName = “channel backups/backup-” + fileSuffix + “.json”;
channelMap.put(“backupFileName”, backupFileName);

backup(restoreChannelGroups, restoreLibraries, restoreChannelTagSet, restoreChannelDependencies, restoreDeployedChannels);

var serializer = ObjectXMLSerializer.getInstance();
var jsonMessage = msg;
var toBeDeployedList = new;
var groups = new;

//Populate existing channel groups on the mirth instance
var existingGroups = channelController.getChannelGroups(null);
if (existingGroups === null || existingGroups === undefined) {
existingGroups = new;

//Iterae through the groups (from json message received)
for (var groupCounter = 0; groupCounter < jsonMessage.length && !abortDeploymentAndRestoreBackup; groupCounter++) {
var currentChannelGroup = jsonMessage[groupCounter];

var groupAlreadyPresent = false;
var indexFound = -1;
//Check to see if group alredy exists on mirth by iterating through the existing groups
for (existingCounter = 0; existingCounter < existingGroups.size(); existingCounter++) {
if (existingGroups.get(existingCounter).getId().equals(currentChannelGroup.groupId)) {
groupAlreadyPresent = true;
indexFound = existingCounter;
//If group is already present, then get copy of that in a variable. If not, then add it to existing groups list.
var chGroup = null;
if (!groupAlreadyPresent) {“Group NOT present. Creating a new one”);
var chGroup = new, “”);
} else {“Group Already present”);
chGroup = existingGroups.get(indexFound);

//Parse channels element from json message and iterate through the channels
var channels = currentChannelGroup.channels;
for (channelCounter = 0; channelCounter < channels.length && !abortDeploymentAndRestoreBackup; channelCounter++) {
var decodedChannel = new[channelCounter]));
logger.debug(“Decoded Channel for import:” + decodedChannel);
var channelObject = serializer.deserialize(decodedChannel, Channel);
//Get channel dependency list from decoded channel being imported
var dependentIDS = channelObject.getExportData().getDependentIds().iterator();
var dependencyIDS = channelObject.getExportData().getDependencyIds().iterator();
//Before importing a new channel, try to stop and undeploy existing channel (max 5 times) after waiting for a second each time.
//If deploy fails, abort import with message and move over to next channel
for (retryCount = 0; retryCount < 5; retryCount++) {
if (retryCount >= 1) {;
if (ChannelUtil.isChannelDeployed(channelObject.getId())) {
ChannelUtil.stopChannel(channelObject.getId());“Request raised for stopping channel: ” + channelObject.getName());
ChannelUtil.undeployChannel(channelObject.getId());“Request raised for undeploying channel: ” + channelObject.getName());
} else {“Channel is undeployed:” + channelObject.getName());

if (ChannelUtil.isChannelDeployed(channelObject.getId())) {
logger.error(“Aborting import of channel as it is still deployed:” + channelObject.getName());
abortDeploymentAndRestoreBackup = true;

//Get code template libraries details linked with a channel, iterate through it and import those first before channel.
var chLibraries = channelObject.getExportData().getCodeTemplateLibraries();
for (ch1 = 0; ch1 < chLibraries.size(); ch1++) {
var currentLibrary = chLibraries.get(ch1);
var isLibraryAlreadyPresent = false;
//Find if the code template library is already present in mirth, then overwrite and update that library. Else import a new one.
for (exLibraryCounter = 0; exLibraryCounter < existingLibraries.size(); exLibraryCounter++) {
if (existingLibraries.get(exLibraryCounter).getId().equals(currentLibrary.getId())) {
isLibraryAlreadyPresent = true;
existingLibraries.set(exLibraryCounter, currentLibrary);
//Add new library, if not already present
if (!isLibraryAlreadyPresent) {
//Find list of code templates from the library and update & import them in mirth
var chTemplates = chLibraries.get(ch1).getCodeTemplates();
for (ch2 = 0; ch2 < chTemplates.size(); ch2++) {
var codeT = chTemplates.get(ch2); //serializer.deserialize(chTemplates.get(ch2),;
codeTemplateController.updateCodeTemplate(codeT, null, true);
codeTemplateController.updateLibraries(existingLibraries, null, true);
//Import the new channel in mirth and add it deployment list
channelController.updateChannel(channelObject, null, true);
var channelAlreadyFound = false;
//Check to see, if channel is already linked to channel group. If so, no need to link it again. If not, then add to channel group.
for (existingChannelCounter = 0; existingChannelCounter < chGroup.getChannels().size(); existingChannelCounter++) {
if (chGroup.getChannels().get(existingChannelCounter).getId().equals(channelObject.getId())) {
logger.debug(channelObject.getId() + ” channel id already found. No need to add again to the group. – ” + channelObject.getName());
channelAlreadyFound = true;
if (!channelAlreadyFound) {
//Update dependency and dependent Id list (in mirth memory for now)
while (dependentIDS.hasNext()) {
var dependentId =;
if (dependentId != null && dependentId !== undefined && !dependentId.equals(channelObject.getId())) {
channelDependencies.add(new, channelObject.getId()));
while (dependencyIDS.hasNext()) {
var dependencyId =;
if (dependencyId != null && dependencyId !== undefined && !dependencyId.equals(channelObject.getId())) {
channelDependencies.add(new, dependencyId));
//Clear channel’s export data’s code template libraries and dependcies from memory before moving to next channel in channel group.
//If import of channels is done successfully, then set channel dependencies and update channel groups and deploy channels
if (!abortDeploymentAndRestoreBackup) {
//Update dependency and dependent Id list (in mirth persistence)

//Convert list of channel groups to be updated to a set and update channel groups
var newGroups = new;
for (i = 0; i < existingGroups.size(); i++) {
channelController.updateChannelGroups(newGroups, null, true);

//Deploy all the channels that were earlier added to deployment list.
for (k = 0; k < toBeDeployedList.size(); k++) {

//Wait for 5 seconds before deployment is verified.; // Not mandatory

//Identify if channel is not deployed even after 5 seconds.
for (k = 0; k < toBeDeployedList.size(); k++) {
if (!ChannelUtil.isChannelDeployed(toBeDeployedList.get(k))) { + ” channel is not deployed yet after the import, so recovery process would start now.”);
abortDeploymentAndRestoreBackup = true;

if (abortDeploymentAndRestoreBackup) {
//Read json back up file for restoring previous version
var jsonBackupObject = JSON.parse(;

//Get list of deployed channels from backup file
var deployedChannelIds = jsonBackupObject.deployedChannelIds;
var deserializerRestore = ObjectXMLSerializer.getInstance();

//Get list of channel groups from backup file
var channelGroupSetForRestore = new;
for (i = 0; i < jsonBackupObject.encodedChannelGroups.length; i++) {
channelGroupSetForRestore.add(deserializerRestore.deserialize(decode(jsonBackupObject.encodedChannelGroups[i]), ChannelGroup));

//Get list of code template libraries from backup file
var codeTemplateLibrariesForRestore = new;
for (i = 0; i < jsonBackupObject.encodedCodeTemplateLibraries.length; i++) {
codeTemplateLibrariesForRestore.add(deserializerRestore.deserialize(decode(jsonBackupObject.encodedCodeTemplateLibraries[i]), CodeTemplateLibrary));

//Get channel tags from backup file
var channelTagSetForRestore = new;
for (i = 0; i < jsonBackupObject.encodedChannelTags.length; i++) {
channelTagSetForRestore.add(deserializerRestore.deserialize(decode(jsonBackupObject.encodedChannelTags[i]), ChannelTag));

//Get channel dependencies from backup file
var channelDependenciesSetForRestore = new;
for (i = 0; i < jsonBackupObject.encodedChannelDependencies.length; i++) {
channelDependenciesSetForRestore.add(deserializerRestore.deserialize(decode(jsonBackupObject.encodedChannelDependencies[i]), ChannelTag));

//Revert code templates and libraries
for (lb = 0; lb < codeTemplateLibrariesForRestore.size(); lb++) {
var currLibrary = codeTemplateLibrariesForRestore.get(lb);
for (ct = 0; ct < currLibrary.getCodeTemplates().size(); ct++) {
codeTemplateController.updateCodeTemplate(currLibrary.getCodeTemplates().get(ct), null, true);

//Revert channel code
var channelGrpIterator = channelGroupSetForRestore.iterator();
while (channelGrpIterator.hasNext()) {
var channelGroupToBeRestored =;
for (k = 0; k < channelGroupToBeRestored.getChannels().size(); k++) {
var channelToBeRestored = channelGroupToBeRestored.getChannels().get(k);
channelController.updateChannel(channelToBeRestored, null, true);

//Revert libraries, channel groups, channel tags and channel dependencies by calling mirth classes with values parsed from backup file.
codeTemplateController.updateLibraries(codeTemplateLibrariesForRestore, null, true);
channelController.updateChannelGroups(channelGroupSetForRestore, null, true);

//Deploy old version channels
for (i = 0; i < deployedChannelIds.length; i++) {

If you guys have a look at the code deeply, you can find that it uses three functions to achieve the above code. You can either place the below functions in the code template area or in the transformer as well.

//Function to decode the value and return string
function decode(value) {
return new;

//Function to get an array of objects with xml representation of collection of objects
function getXml(collection) {
var returnList = [];
var counter = 0;
var backupSerializer = ObjectXMLSerializer.getInstance();
var iterator = collection.iterator();
while (iterator.hasNext()) {
var object =;
var writerObject = new;
backupSerializer.serialize(object, writerObject);
returnList[counter++] = FileUtil.encode(writerObject.toString().getBytes());
return returnList;

//This function takes backup of entire set of channel groups, code templates/libraries, channel tags, dependencies and list of deployed channels in time.
//backup is kept in json file with content as base64 encoded.
function backup(channelGroups, codeTemplateLibraries, channelTags, restoreChannelDependencies, restoreDeployedChannels) {
if (channelMetaDataMap != null) {
for (i = 0; i < channelGroups.size(); i++) {
var currentChannelGroup = channelGroups.get(i);
for (j = 0; j < currentChannelGroup.getChannels().size(); j++) {
var channelSetId = new;

var currentChannels = channelController.getChannels(channelSetId);
if (currentChannels != null) {
var currentChannel = currentChannels.get(0);
currentChannelGroup.getChannels().set(j, currentChannel);
var restoreDeployedChannelIds = new;
if (restoreDeployedChannels != null) {
for (i = 0; i < restoreDeployedChannels.size(); i++) {
var encodedChannelGroups = getXml(channelGroups);
var encodedCodeTemplateLibraries = getXml(codeTemplateLibraries);
var encodedChannelTags = getXml(channelTags);
var encodedChannelDependencies = getXml(restoreChannelDependencies);
var backup = {};
backup.encodedChannelGroups = encodedChannelGroups;
backup.encodedChannelTags = encodedChannelTags;
backup.encodedCodeTemplateLibraries = encodedCodeTemplateLibraries;
backup.encodedChannelDependencies = encodedChannelDependencies;
backup.deployedChannelIds = restoreDeployedChannelIds;

var outputBackup = JSON.stringify(backup);
FileUtil.write(backupFileName, false, JsonUtil.prettyPrint(outputBackup));

Yup. That’s how you can automate the tool which turns up to save much of your valuable time. Happy Automation

Automate Import/Export channels functionality – Part1

This is a weird experiment.

Just in-case we want to automate the exporting/importing of channels in mirth, then this feature will be very helpful. The user will be giving the ID’s of the channel group which needs to be exported to one mirth server to be imported into another mirth server, and this operation will be performed without any manual intervention.

The Mirth channel (A) from SERVER1 will accept all the channel group ID’s in a comma separated value, and then export the entire channel group along with the code template and dependencies attached with that channels of the group and generate a Json containing all the exported value in a base 64 encoded format.

The Mirth channel (B) from SERVER2 will consume this Json data decode the encoded string and automatically import those channels along with the group and their code templates and deploy them.

Server 1 – Mirth Channel (A):

This channel will consume the group ID’s in a comma separated value and then generate and JSON string out of it. Please copy the below code to the source/destination transformer.


//Defined and Initalized all controller instances
var configurationController = ConfigurationController.getInstance();
var channelController = ChannelController.getInstance();
var codeTemplateController = CodeTemplateController.getInstance();
var serializer = ObjectXMLSerializer.getInstance();

//Define required variables.
var groupIds = new;

//Parse the group ids passed into an array using comma as a separator
var commaSeparatedGroupIds = connectorMessage.getRaw().getContent();
var arrayGroupIds = commaSeparatedGroupIds.split(“,”);
for (i = 0; i < arrayGroupIds.length; i++) {

//Get channel groups and channel metadata and existing libraries.
var channelGroups = channelController.getChannelGroups(groupIds);
var channelMetaDataMap = configurationController.getChannelMetadata();
var libraries = codeTemplateController.getLibraries(null, true);

var output = [];

var newJsonObj = {};
newJsonObj.Manifest = [];
newJsonObj.ChannelExportData = [];

//Iterae through the channel groups (passed as input)
for (i = 0; i < channelGroups.size(); i++) {
var channelGroup = channelGroups.get(i);
var channelIds = new;
var groupNameValue = channelGroup.getName();

var groupNames = {};
groupNames.groupInfo = channelGroup.getName();
groupNames.channelNames = [];

var channelGroupJson = {};
channelGroupJson.groupId = channelGroup.getId();
channelGroupJson.groupName = channelGroup.getName();
channelGroupJson.channels = [];
output[i] = channelGroupJson;

//“CHANNEL GROUP EXPORTED WITH NUMBER OF CHANNELS: ” + channelGroup.getChannels().size());
//Iterate through all the channels in the group and add channel ids of those to a list.
for (channelCounter = 0; channelCounter < channelGroup.getChannels().size(); channelCounter++) {
var currentChannelId = channelGroup.getChannels().get(channelCounter).getId();

//Load the channel objects based on channel ids collected previously.
var channels = channelController.getChannels(channelIds);

//Iterate through the channels loaded previously and update following for each channel
//1. Export Data -> Metadata
//2. Export Data -> Code template libraries
//3. Export Data -> Channel Tags
//4. Export Data -> Dependent Ids
//5. Export Data -> Dependency Ids
//Then convert that channel object into xml with base 64 encoding
for (channelCounter = 0; channelCounter < channels.size(); channelCounter++) {
var currentChannelId = channels.get(channelCounter).getId();
var channelDetails = {};
channelDetails.channelName = channels.get(channelCounter).getName();
channelDetails.Library = [];

if (channelMetaDataMap != null) {

for (ctCounter = 0; libraries != null && ctCounter < libraries.size(); ctCounter++) {
var library = libraries.get(ctCounter);
//“library : “+library.getName())

if (library.getEnabledChannelIds().contains(currentChannelId) ||
(library.isIncludeNewChannels() && !library.getDisabledChannelIds().contains(currentChannelId))) {


var channelTagSet = configurationController.getChannelTags();
var channelTags = null;
if (channelTagSet != null) {
channelTags = channelTagSet.iterator();

while (channelTags.hasNext()) {
var channelTag =;
if (channelTag.getChannelIds().contains(currentChannelId)) {

var channelDependenciesSet = configurationController.getChannelDependencies();
var channelDependencies = null;
if (channelDependenciesSet != null) {
channelDependencies = channelDependenciesSet.iterator();
while (channelDependencies.hasNext()) {
var channelDependency =;
if (channelDependency.getDependencyId().equals(currentChannelId)) {
} else if (channelDependency.getDependentId().equals(currentChannelId)) {

var writer = new;
serializer.serialize(channels.get(channelCounter), writer);

channelGroupJson.channels[channelCounter] = FileUtil.encode(writer.toString().getBytes());

var newJson = JSON.stringify(newJsonObj);

//Write entire channel group and base64 list of its channel xmls into a file at defined location
FileUtil.write(“C:/Labs/POC/Import_Export/output.json”, false, JsonUtil.prettyPrint(newJson));
channelMap.put(“output”, JsonUtil.prettyPrint(newJson));




Create Automated Script for IT deployment

This is a hypothetical scenario:
Imagine a situation where you have developed all the channels required to build the interfaces, now you are going to move your channels to the production or any beta testing environment.

In this scenario you would want to make the channels to be imported to the mirth in specific environment. Imagine you don’t have an access to make this move. This will be permitted to be done only by the IT guys. In this scenario, the IT team will find it difficult to import the channels, as you cannot expect them to understand mirth.

The easier way for them to do is, you give a command to them they will execute the command and everything will start to work fine. i.e an import command via mirth command prompt like this:

import “Your-channel-available-folder\20180312\EAI-Deployment Script Generator.xml” force

But it will again be the manual process for the developers to do this manually. Imagine one day you have to send 4 to 5 channels to. In that case, you have to manually create this script and then send it. To overcome it, we can write one channel that will create a script for all the channels that is deployed today.

The logic behind this is that whatever is developed and tested today, only those channels will be moved to beta testing or prod. Based on that scenario, I have built the below code.

var currentDate = DateUtil.getCurrentDate(“yyyy-MM-dd”);
var currentYear = currentDate.substring(0, 4);
var currentMonth = currentDate.substring(5, 7);
var currentDay = currentDate.substring(8, 10);
var georgianMonth = parseInt(currentMonth) – 1;
var scriptBuilder = java.lang.StringBuilder();
var getScriptDate = DateUtil.getCurrentDate(“yyyyMMdd”);
// Initialize controller
var controller = com.mirth.connect.server.controllers.ControllerFactory.getFactory().createEngineController();
// Create Channel Deployed ID’s
var channels = ChannelUtil.getDeployedChannelIds().toArray();

for each(channel in channels) {


var dashboardStatus = controller.getChannelStatus(channel);
// Get Georgian date mapping from –

var fetchLastDeployedDay = dashboardStatus.getDeployedDate().get(5);
var fetchLastDeployedMonth = dashboardStatus.getDeployedDate().get(2);
var fetchLastDeployedYear = dashboardStatus.getDeployedDate().get(1);

if ((fetchLastDeployedYear == currentYear) && (fetchLastDeployedDay == currentDay) && (fetchLastDeployedMonth == georgianMonth)) {

var getDeployedChannelName = dashboardStatus.getName();
var deploymentScript = ‘import ‘ + ‘”‘ + $(‘Eai_qa_path’) + getScriptDate + ‘/’ + getDeployedChannelName + ‘.xml’ + ‘”‘ + ‘ force’;
var processedScript = deploymentScript.replace(/\//g, “\\”);



FileUtil.write(“C:/Labs/POC/Import_Export/test.txt”, false, scriptBuilder);

Put this code in the javascript listener and make it to run for 24 hours. (i.e) for every 24 hours one import script will be generated based on the channels that were developed and tested today

Happy Automating!!!!

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