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How to retrieve Custom Attribute identifier from ETM

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How do you retrieve Custom Attribute identifier from IBM Engineering Test Manager (ETM)


You need to know the identifier to include while creating a configuration file for MS-EXCEL import via ETM excel importer utility.


Find the attribute identifier in the response of a REST API call for an example artifact.
  1. Create an artifact in the ETM Web UI in the project you will be importing artifacts into and of the same kind (for example a Test Case).
  2. Enter values for the custom attributes the identifiers of which you want to retrieve and save the artifact
  3. Download the project feed from 
  4. Find your project area by name in the feed
  5. Find the project alias of the project area in the feed.
  6. Install a REST client like the RQMURL utility or the RESTer browser plug-in.
  7. Perform a GET call for the artifact created in step 1 using the URL 
    For example
    • If you are using RQMUrlUtility Execute the command 

      java.exe -jar RQMUrlUtility.jar  -command GET  -user user  -password user  -filepath <file-path> -url <artifact-url>
    • If you are using RESTer select Method: GET and add the header Accept: text/xml
  8. Open the XML response in an XML editor
  9. Search for the XML tag that says customAttribute

    <ns4:customAttribute required="true" type="SMALL_STRING">

    <ns4:description />

    The tag <ns4:identifier> contains the identifier.

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Modified date:
09 October 2020