Read xml file and get value of required node


I have a power shell script that reads an XML file and I am having issues getting just the value of one of the nodes.

Below is a snippet of the XML file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

Below is the script that reads the XML file.

$XMLPath = "C:\temp\AmerluxExportFilter.xml"
[XML]$xml = Get-Content $XMLPath

#This variable is set for testing purposes

#Search XML file for match. If found set export choices for DXF, STP, and STL files.
If ($Xml.file_type.FName | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq $fileNameFirstXChar }) {
    write-host "Found match in XML file... '$($fileNameFirstXChar)'..."
    $DXFChoice= $Xml.file_type.FName | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq $fileNameFirstXChar } | Select-Object -Property DXF
    $STPChoice= $Xml.file_type.FName | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq $fileNameFirstXChar } | Select-Object -Property STP
    $STLChoice= $Xml.file_type.FName | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq $fileNameFirstXChar } | Select-Object -Property STL
    write-host "DXFChoice... '$($DXFChoice)'..."
    write-host "STPChoice... '$($STPChoice)'..."
    write-host "STLChoice... '$($STLChoice)'..."
    else {
    write-host "NO Found match in XML file for... '$($fileNameFirstXChar)'..."

The output is shown below.

Found match in XML file… ‘511’…
DXFChoice… ‘@{DXF=True}’…
STPChoice… ‘@{STP=True}’…
STLChoice… ‘@{STL=False}’…

I am not sure what data type is being output.
I only need the value, i.e. True or False and it would be great if it could be boolean.

I’m open to suggestions or best practices.

Thank you in advance.

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Hi Olaf,

Thank you for responding.
I corrected the code as required.

… looks great now. :+1:t3:

… this could work:

$Result =
If ($Xml.file_type.FName | Where-Object { $_.Name -eq $fileNameFirstXChar }) {
    $DesiredNode = 
        $Xml.file_type.FName | 
            Where-Object { $_.Name -eq $fileNameFirstXChar }
        DXF = if( $DesiredNode.DXF -eq 'true' ){ $true } else { $false }
        STP = if( $DesiredNode.STP -eq 'true' ){ $true } else { $false }
        STL = if( $DesiredNode.STL -eq 'true' ){ $true } else { $false }
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It did, thank you.

This is what I get now.

PS C:\ProgramData\coolOrange\powerJobs\Jobs> powershell.exe -File testreadxml.ps1

 ---  ---   ---
True True False

Can I impose a bit more to find out how to use the data? It looks like the three values are stored in $Result so how do I check for each value?

For example, I have to execute code if DXF = true

You use the dot notation


Thank you so much!!!