I do many Qlik demonstrations for different types of audiences and companies and I often get the following question:
- Can you connect to Whatsapp?
Well, it´s hard, but... - No, I can´t, until now !!
Step 1 - Extract the Group messages
At you cell phone open Whatsapp and enter in a group you want to extract the messages.
Just click on three points at group upper corner.
Then select More...
Send to email...
Select Without midia.
This feature is not available at Whatsapp Web, so you need to use the cell phone, not the computer.
Step 2 - Store the file at a working directory
Acess the e-mail and Save to... the file into working directory
Step 3 - Open Qlik Sense and load the data
Download this sample application
Open the Qlik Sense Desktop
Open the sample app Whatsapp
Just Reload the data
1) The name of the group was generated by Whatsapp folloing this:
Whatsapp Conversation with <Group>.txt
So the following code identify de <Group> by FileBaseName and SubField functions
and its load several files using the <*.txt>. You just put the files at same directory.
2) There are some particular words at Whatsapp: enter, left, start, add
This code identify this particular words to extract the correct messages
3) Identify the line breaks
The txt file break the messages when member type enter.
To avoid this, we need to verify if @1 it´s a date, and Peek to bring the last loaded line.
4) Avoiding unwanted chars and words
I use a Purgechar and Not Match to avoing load words that´s i consider garbage, you can
edit this in the Words Section.
This is a simple way to do that and I hope you can improve this and share about all of us.
Pedro A. Bergo