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Exporting WebEx Contacts

Lars Fiedler

Have you ever wanted to export all your contacts out of Web-ex? I recently needed this feature, as our marketing team wanted to do some follow ups with potential users of Composable. Unfortunately, this feature doesn’t exist in web-ex.

I would have had to manually copy and paste hundreds of emails …. So what did I do? Composable to the rescue!

Basically I wrote a scrapper that loops through the pages in Web-ex, extracts out the emails, and then puts them in a spreadsheet. Pretty easy, and only took me a few minutes to stitch together.

Here’s how it works:

All you have to do is enter the number of contact pages you have in your account, and enter in the web-ex cookie, which you can get from Chrome’s debug tools once you log into Web-ex.

To get the cookie from your web-ex session, open up Chrome’s debug tools by hitting F12. Find the HTTP Request to list?listType=imported&currentPage=1. Then copy the cookie request header and paste it into the dataflow (see green arrows).

Then click run, and download the csv file.

Now I have a list of emails of everyone I’ve ever had a meeting with … pretty cool.

Feel free to try this on our own Composable instance.  You can download the dataflow application here:

Export WebEx Contacts Dataflow

 And just click import in the designer on your instance.

I imagine we could take this a step farther and even automate the followup emails within Composable, but I’ll leave that exercise to the author.

Lars Fiedler

Lars has comprehensive expertise building large complex software systems, and has served as a Software Engineer at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory since 2010, where he began developing Composable Analytics. Prior to joining Lincoln Laboratory, Lars worked as a Software Engineer at Microsoft Corporation from 2006 to 2010. Lars received his MS in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004, and his BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 2003.