Converting GS1 XML to S3 on AWS

April 6, 2018

In this guide we will show you how to process GS1 XML files with Enterprise Flexter and convert it to Amazon AWS S3.

GS1 XML Standard

GS1 or Global Standards One is a not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains global standards for business communication. The best known of these standards is the barcode, a symbol printed on products that can be scanned electronically. GS1 barcodes are scanned more than six billion times every day.
GS1 has 112 local member organisations and 1.5 million user companies.
GS1 standards are designed to improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. They form a business language that identifies, captures and shares key information about products, locations, assets and more.

Amazon AWS S3

Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is a web service offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon S3 provides storage through web services interfaces.
Amazon S3 uses the same scalable storage infrastructure that uses to run its own global e-commerce network.
Setting up Amazon S3 Data Storage
Before we start the conversion process let’s set up S3 storage buckets.

  • In the search box on the AWS console type S3 as shown below.

  • Click on S3 – Scalable storage in the cloud. You will be redirected to the S3 web service as shown below.

  • We create a data bucket in the next step. The bucket is a logical unit of storage on the AWS platform and provides the user with an option to store objects consisting of data and metadata which can be accessed from other utilities like Athena (a query service on AWS) and QuickSight (a visualisation tool on AWS). The bucket offers users the option to create an unlimited number of objects. The create bucket page is shown below. The bucket name is specified as ‘xmltdt’

  • The properties can be setup as necessary in the next page.

  • The permission/access levels can be set up in the next page as shown below.


Setting up API Access Key

Now we will have to setup Access Key. You can find detail instructions on Amazon AWS website if you want.

  • First we will go to ‘My Security Credentials’

  • Then we will ‘ Add User ‘

  • Call it ‘ Flexter ‘ and select Programmatic Access

  • Select permission for that user

  • And SAVE your Access Key and Secret Key somewhere safe.

Processing JSON with Enterprise Flexter

We will be using the Docker Version of Enterprise Flexter .

  • We run docker with the below command and create a container that will be destroyed when we exit it

  • Next we download a couple of JARs that will alow us to interact with S3 from Flexter

  • Next we generate the target model

  • We can now extract data to our S3 bucket.

  • Once processing is finished we can check the output on S3.


We can easily process complex XML data with Flexter and process the output to S3. With Enterprise Flexter we can also process XML files in realtime and stream the output to S3 buckets. The possibilities are endless.
If you are interested in Enterprise Flexter version, feel free to contact us.
Do you have any complex XML files that need to be converted for data analysis? Please leave a comment with your experience or reach out to us.