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How can I modify.xfdl files?(Update#1) (4)

The .XFDL file extension identifies XFDL Formatted Document files. These belong to the XML-based document and template formatting standard. This format is exactly like the XML file format however, contains a level of encryption for use in secure communications.

I know how to view XFDL files using a file viewer I found here. I can also modify and save these files by doing File:Save/Save As. I'd like, however, to modify these files on the fly. Any suggestions? Is this even possible?

Update #1: I have now successfully decoded and unziped a .xfdl into an XML file which I can then edit. Now, I am looking for a way to re-encode the modified XML file back into base64-gzip (using Ruby or the command line)

Check these out:

They are in Python, not Ruby, but that should get you pretty close.

And the algorithm is actually for files with header 'application/x-xfdl;content-encoding="asc-gzip"' rather than 'application/vnd.xfdl; content-encoding="base64-gzip"' But the good news is that PureEdge (aka IBM Lotus Forms) will open that format with no problem.

Then to top it off, here's a base64-gzip decode (in Python) so you can make the full round-trip:

with open(filename, 'r') as f:
  header = f.readline()
  if header == 'application/vnd.xfdl; content-encoding="base64-gzip"\n':
    decoded = b''
    for line in f:
      decoded += base64.b64decode(line.encode("ISO-8859-1"))
    xml = zlib.decompress(decoded, zlib.MAX_WBITS + 16)

I did this in Java with the help of the Base64 class from

I've been working on an application to do form manipulation in Java. I decode the file, create an DOM document from the XML then write it back to file.

My code in Java to read the file looks like this:

public XFDLDocument(String inputFile) 
        throws IOException, 

    fileLocation = inputFile;


        //create file object
        File f = new File(inputFile);
        if(!f.exists()) {
            throw new IOException("Specified File could not be found!");

        //open file stream from file
        FileInputStream fis = new FileInputStream(inputFile);

        //Skip past the MIME header

        //Decompress from base 64                   
        Base64.InputStream bis = new Base64.InputStream(fis, 

        //UnZIP the resulting stream
        GZIPInputStream gis = new GZIPInputStream(bis);

        DocumentBuilderFactory dbf = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
        DocumentBuilder db = dbf.newDocumentBuilder();
        doc = db.parse(gis);


    catch (ParserConfigurationException pce) {
        throw new ParserConfigurationException("Error parsing XFDL from file.");
    catch (SAXException saxe) {
        throw new SAXException("Error parsing XFDL into XML Document.");

My code in java looks like this to write the file to disk:

     * Saves the current document to the specified location
     * @param destination Desired destination for the file.
     * @param asXML True if output needs should be as un-encoded XML not Base64/GZIP
     * @throws IOException File cannot be created at specified location
     * @throws TransformerConfigurationExample
     * @throws TransformerException 
    public void saveFile(String destination, boolean asXML) 
        throws IOException, 

        BufferedWriter bf = new BufferedWriter(new FileWriter(destination));

        OutputStream outStream;
        if(!asXML) {
            outStream = new GZIPOutputStream(
                new Base64.OutputStream(
                        new FileOutputStream(destination, true)));
        } else {
            outStream = new FileOutputStream(destination, true);

        Transformer t = TransformerFactory.newInstance().newTransformer();
        t.transform(new DOMSource(doc), new StreamResult(outStream));


Hope that helps.

The only answer I can think of right now is - read the manual for uudeview.

As much as I would like to help you, I am not an expert in this area, so you'll have to wait for someone more knowledgable to come down here and help you.

Meanwhile I can give you links to some documents that might help you:

Sorry if this doesn't help you.

You don't have to get out of Ruby to do this, can use the Base64 module in Ruby to encode the document like this:

irb(main):005:0> require 'base64'
=> true

irb(main):007:0> Base64.encode64("Hello World")
=> "SGVsbG8gV29ybGQ=\n"

irb(main):008:0> Base64.decode64("SGVsbG8gV29ybGQ=\n")
=> "Hello World"

And you can call gzip/gunzip using Kernel#system:

system("gzip foo.something")
system("gunzip foo.something.gz")