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The XSLT Mediator applies a specified XSLT transformation to a selected element of the current message payload. In addition, you can:

  • Specify properties already included in the mediation flow to be added to the XSLT script as XSLT parameters.
  • Specify features to be enabled/disabled in the XSLT transformation.
  • Import external XSLT scripts to the main XSLT script of the XSLT mediator by adding them as resources.


<xslt key="string" [source="xpath"]>
     <property name="string" (value="literal" | expression="xpath")/>*
     <feature name="string" value="true| false" />*
     <resource location="string" key="string"/>*


UI Configuration

Parameter NameDescription
Key Type

You can select one of the following options.

  • Static Key: If this is selected, an existing key can be selected from the registry for the Key field.
  • Dynamic Key: If this is selected, the key can be entered inimically in the Key field.
KeyThis specifies the registry key to refer the XSLT to. This supports static and dynamic keys.

This determines the element to which the given XSLT transformation should be applied via an XPath expression. If the source element is not specified, the XSLT transformation is applied to the first child of the SOAP body.


You can click NameSpaces to add namespaces if you are providing an expression. Then the Namespace Editor panel would appear where you can provide any number of namespace prefixes and URLs used in the XPath expression. 

Properties of the XSLT mediator

This section is used to inject properties set in the mediation flow to the XSLT script as XSLT parameters. These are referred from the XSLT in transformation using the get-property(prop-name)XPath extension function.

Parameters relating to the properties are as follows.

  • Property Name: The name of the property to be passed into the transformations.
  • Property Type: This specifies whether the property is given as a static value or an XPath expression. 
  • Value/Expression - This defines the static value or the XPath expression.
  • Action - This field allows the property to be removed from the XSLT script if required.
Features of the XSLT mediator

This section is used to specify features to be enabled/disabled in the XSLT transformation. For example, adding the feature turns on DOM-based transformations instead of serializing elements into byte streams and/or temporary files. This approach can improve performance but might not work for all transformations.

Parameters relating to the features are as follows.

  • Feature Name: The name of the feature to be enabled/disabled in the XSLT transformation.
  • Feature Value: This specified whether the feature is enabled or not. Select True to enable the feature or False to disable it.
  • Action: This allows you to remove the feature from the XSLT transformation if required.
Resources of the XSLT mediator

This section is used to import external XSLT scripts to the main XSLT scripts defined in the XSLT mediator. The XSLT scripts to be imported are first added as resources in the registry.

Parameters relating to the resources are as follows.

  • Location: The location where the XSLT script to be imported is saved as a resource.
  • Key: The registry key to which the XSLT should be referred. Browse for the relevant key in the Configuration registry or the Governance registry.
  • Action: This allows you to remove the imported XSLT script added as a resource if required.


You can also configure the Mediator using XML. Click switch to source view in the Mediator window.


Example 1 - Applying a XSLT transformation to a element selected based on an XPath expression

In this example, the XSLT can be picked by the key transform/example.xslt and the XSLT would be applied to a part of the message that is specified as an XPath expression. In this case, it is applied to s11:Body/child the message.

<xslt xmlns="" key="transform/example.xslt" source="s11:Body/child" />

Example 2 -  Adding properties as XSLT parameters

In this example, a property named PARAM_NAME is added to the XSLT script as an XSLT parameter. A XPath expression is used to assign this property the value of the ORDER_ID property in the default scope.

<xslt key="keyToXSLTFile">
     <property expression="$ctx:ORDER_ID" name="PARAM_NAME">

The XSLT script with the PARAM_NAME property added would look as follows.

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="">
      <xsl:param name="PARAM_NAME"></xsl:param>
      <xsl:template match="/">
         <orders xmlns="http://services.samples">
            <xsl:attribute name="id">
               <xsl:value-of select="$PARAM_NAME">


Example 3 - Adding XSLT imports as resources

In this example, two XSLT files saved in the registry under conf:/ as resources are imported to the main XSLT script of the XSLT mediator.


<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl=""> 
    <xsl:template match="//people/person" name="FILL_PPL"> 
                <xsl:value-of select="firstname"> 
                <xsl:value-of select="lastname"> 
                <xsl:value-of select="age"> 
                <xsl:value-of select="country"> 



<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl=""> 
    <xsl:include href="xslt1.xslt"> 
    <xsl:template match="/"> 
            <xsl:for-each select="//people/person"> 
                <xsl:call-template name="FILL_PPL"> 

<xsl:include href="xslt1.xslt"> element indicates that the xslt1.xslt is included in xslt2.xslt.

These two files can be imported to the script of the XSLT mediator as follows.

<xslt key="conf:/xslt2.xslt"> 
      <resource key="conf:/xslt1.xslt" location="xslt1.xslt"> 

The following SOAP request can be used to test the above configuration of the XSLT mediator included in a proxy configuration.

<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv=""> 


Sample 440: Converting JSON to XML Using XSLT

Sample 8: Introduction to Static and Dynamic Registry Resources and Using XSLT Transformations

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