Sitecore 9.0.2, DEF 2.0.1

As part of my data import, I need to bring in a Status column that contains two possible values:

  • Active
  • Inactive

I want to represent these as a checkbox field in Sitecore, but I can't figure out how to convert them.

I found this question from an older version of DEF, but the interface for IValueReaders has changed requires a different return value for the conversion process.

Is there an easy way to accomplish this?

1 Answer 1


There is actually a built-in value reader for this: the Description to Code Value Reader. It works by defining a set of code definitions which map a "code" (int) to a "description" (string). To use it:

Create your code definition set and code definitions

  1. In your Data Exchange tenant under the Tenant Settings/Common folder, add a new Code Definition Sets Root folder
    • Template Path: /sitecore/templates/Data Exchange/Framework/Code Definitions/Code Definition Sets Root
    • Template ID: {88A5FB53-E56B-404F-BA17-8F55013A03CC}
  2. Add a Code Definition Set to that folder
  3. Add Code Definitions to the Code Definition Set
    • Active
      • Item Name: Active
      • Value: 1
    • Inactive
      • Item Name: Inactive
      • Value: 0

Add the value reader and use it

  1. In your Data Exchange tenant under the Data Access/Value Readers/Common folder, add a new Description to Code Value Reader
  2. In the Code Definition Set field, select your recently-created Code Definition Set
  3. In the Value Mapping item for the field, set the Source Value Transformer field to your new value reader

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