Property Input


 This step reads from a Java properties files.  For more information on this file format, read this :

Files Tab

The files tab is where you define the location of the files from which you want to read.
The table below contains options associated with the Files tab:



Step Name

Name of the step; the name has to be unique in a single transformation.

Filenames from field

  • Filename is defined in a field? : the previous step is giving filenames in a certain field in the input stream.  These are read.
  • Get filename from field : specify the field to the filenames from.

File or directory

Specifies the location and/or name of the input text file.
Important: Click Add to add the file/directory/wildcard combination to the list of selected files (grid) below.

Regular expression

Specifies the regular expression you want to use to select the files in the directory specified in the previous option.

Selected Files

Contains a list of selected files (or wildcard selections) and a property specifying if file is required or not. If a file is required and it is not found, an error is generated;otherwise, the file name is skipped.

Show filenames(s)...

Displays a list of all files that will be loaded based on the current selected file definitions

Content Tab



Include filename in output?

Allows you to specify a field name to include the file name (String) in the output of this step.

Rownum in output

Allows you to specify a field name to include the row number (Integer) in the output of this step.

Reset rownum per file?

Enable this option if you want the generated row number (optional) to be reset (to 1) at the start of every individual file.


Limits the number of rows to this number (zero (0) means all rows).

Result filenames

  • Add files to result filename : Adds the names of the files read to the result of this transformation.  A unique list is being kept in memory that can be used in the next job entry in a job, for example in another transformation.





The name of the output field


The attribute to read


The data type to convert to


The format or conversion mask to use in the data type conversion


The length of the output data type


The precision of the output data type


The currency symbol to use during data type conversion


The numeric decimal symbol to use during data type conversion


The numeric grouping symbol to use during data type conversion

Trim type

The type of trimming to use during data type conversion


Repeat the column value of the previous row if the column value is empty (null)