How to analyze and validate EDI files?

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With Web EDI Analyzer, you can analyze and validate EDI files for compliance with the guideline. You can visually inspect all errors and cross-reference them with the guideline for quick troubleshooting.

To begin, navigate to the Analyze EDI files page. Then upload an EDI file by selecting a local file. 


The file contents are displayed in a hierarchical view, and the validation result is displayed below the EDI data.

All EDI messages are automatically matched to their corresponding guideline. You can use a custom guideline by building or importing a new EDI model from either SEF or OpenAPI. This custom model then needs to be set as a read model in the settings.

  1. When the file is compliant with the guideline, a "Well done!" message is displayed.


  2. When the file has errors, all errors are displayed in a table. Selecting an error message from the table highlights the item in the hierarchical view of the EDI file that caused that error.



All items in the hierarchical EDI data are cross-referenced with the corresponding EDI guideline on the right.


You can double-click on any node in either the EDI Data or EDI Guide cards to expand the node.


Clicking on any EDI item highlights the specification in the guideline and its properties, such as position, type, repetitions, or usage.



Generate X12 or EDIFACT acknowledgment

You can generate fully compliant acknowledgments to complement the validation results. To do so, click on the ACK button to display the acknowledgments in a modal dialog.


By default, the X12 ack is 997, but you can change it to X12 999 from the settings.

The ACK dialog always contains both the technical acknowledgment and the functional/implementation acknowledgment as separate interchanges.


Edit the contents of the EDI file and re-analyze it

It's a common scenario for files with errors to want to change a value and rerun the analysis. You can do so by clicking on the Edit button.


All errors are also highlighted in the editor for faster pinpoint.


To re-analyze the file with your changes, click on the Save button.


View and download EDI guidelines

You can select any message node in the EDI Guideline box, and a download button will pop up. Clicking on it will display the corresponding guideline of the EDI message in text and JSON format, and you'll be able to download it.



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