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Xpath for changing text

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:39 am
by wuptii999
Hello.

I am trying to create a Google Sheets doc that automaticly imports prices from a url on futbin.com.

Here is an example URL: https://www.futbin.com/18/player/60/Schmeichel/

On the page im trying to get the top price for PS4, im using the formular:

=importxml(https://www.futbin.com/18/player/60/Schmeichel/, "//span[@id='ps-lowest-1']/text()")

But i only get a "-" in the colum.

Hopefully someone can tell me what im doing wrong here :)

Re: Xpath for changing text

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:47 am
by adrian
Hi,

The XPath is fine, the problem is the XML source. Check the result of importxml(), it seems to be replacing all values with '-'.
Later Edit: It's not importxml() that causes this, it's most likely the web server that doesn't serve you the values in the first place. It's either some kind of data protection or the values are actually retrieved by JavaScript code which isn't running if you just import the HTML.

Regards,
Adrian

Re: Xpath for changing text

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:20 pm
by BellaHamilton
Hi,
I have some similar problem with importing my data to xml file. Can I personally change settings of the server data protection to have the possibility to import data?

Thanks.

Re: Xpath for changing text

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:42 pm
by adrian
Hi,

Can I personally change settings of the server data protection to have the possibility to import data?
Probably, if you have admin access to the server's contents. But if you have access to that you probably also have access to the server's database, in which case this kind of "import" isn't really necessary, just go for the database import.

Regards,
Adrian