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Build Enricher

integration enricher


In CluedIn, an Enricher allows you to take input from data flowing through the processing pipeline and then lookup services (typically external API’s) as to enrich just a single particular entity.

In our HelloWorld example (see CluedIn.Enricher.HelloWorld) we will obtain Person data from an external source called JSON Placeholder


CluedIn is a .NET platform. So you will need:

  • .NET installed
  • Visual Studio installed
  • Docker

Creating initial template

To avoid cumbersome boilerplating, CluedIn provides you a script to generate a working Visual studio solution.

Install the generation tool

You will need to install node, npm, yeoman and the generator itself.

First, install Yeoman and generator-cluedin-externalsearch using npm (we assume you have pre-installed node.js).

  1. Create a new folder to store the new project, and from the command prompt, run the following to install the generator
npm install -g yo
npm install -g generator-cluedin-externalsearch

then run the generator, providing a Name and Entity Type (ie Person, Company etc), with the following:

yo cluedin-externalsearch

See the Naming Integrations in the Build Integration documentation for more information on how the CluedIn Server finds and loads type from Integration assemblies.

Adding models

First we will setup a User class to receive the data. See User.cs:

    public class User
		public int id { get; set; }
		public string name { get; set; }
		public string username { get; set; }
		public string email { get; set; }

Adding client

Next we will add a client class, and associated interface, to fetch data from the external source. See HelloWorldClient.cs and IHelloWorldClient.cs

	public class HelloWorldClient : IHelloWorldClient
		private const string BaseUri = "";

		private readonly IRestClient _client;

		public HelloWorldClient(IRestClient client)
			_client = client ?? throw new ArgumentNullException(nameof(client));

			client.BaseUrl = new Uri(BaseUri);

		public async Task<User> GetUser(string id) => await GetAsync<User>($"users/{id}");

		private async Task<T> GetAsync<T>(string url)
			var request = new RestRequest(url, Method.GET);

			var response = await _client.ExecuteTaskAsync(request);

			if (response.StatusCode != HttpStatusCode.OK)
				var diagnosticMessage = $"Request to {_client.BaseUrl}{url} failed, response {response.ErrorMessage} ({response.StatusCode})";

				throw new InvalidOperationException($"Communication to jsonplaceholder unavailable. {diagnosticMessage}");

			var data = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<T>(response.Content);

			return data;


	public interface IHelloWorldClient
		Task<User> GetUser(string id);

Adding Vocabulary

Then we will define our vocabulary classes. See HelloWorldVocabulary.cs and HelloWorldVocabularies.cs

	public class HelloWorldVocabulary : SimpleVocabulary
		public HelloWorldVocabulary()
			VocabularyName = "HelloWorld User";
			KeyPrefix = "helloworld.user";
			KeySeparator = ".";
			Grouping = EntityType.Unknown;

			AddGroup("HelloWorld Details", group =>
				Id = group.Add(new VocabularyKey("Id", VocabularyKeyDataType.Integer, VocabularyKeyVisibility.Visible));
				Name = group.Add(new VocabularyKey("Name", VocabularyKeyDataType.PersonName, VocabularyKeyVisibility.Visible));
				Username = group.Add(new VocabularyKey("Username", VocabularyKeyDataType.PersonName, VocabularyKeyVisibility.Visible));
				Email = group.Add(new VocabularyKey("Email", VocabularyKeyDataType.Email, VocabularyKeyVisibility.Hidden));


		public VocabularyKey Id { get; private set; }
		public VocabularyKey Name { get; private set; }
		public VocabularyKey Username { get; private set; }
		public VocabularyKey Email { get; private set; }

	public static class HelloWorldVocabularies
		public static HelloWorldVocabulary User { get; } = new HelloWorldVocabulary();

Adding the Provider

Lastly we will add the provider class (see HelloWorldExternalSearchProvider.cs)

	public class HelloWorldExternalSearchProvider : ExternalSearchProviderBase
	    private static readonly Guid ProviderId = Guid.Parse("2261b8f8-00b7-45bb-8112-5cc897fb16d8"); // TODO replace with new guid

        private readonly IHelloWorldClient _client;

        public HelloWorldExternalSearchProvider(IHelloWorldClient client)
            : base(ProviderId, EntityType.Person)
	        _client = client;

        public override IEnumerable<IExternalSearchQuery> BuildQueries(ExecutionContext context, IExternalSearchRequest request)
			if (!Accepts(request.EntityMetaData.EntityType))
				yield break;

			var entityType = request.EntityMetaData.EntityType;

			var id = request.QueryParameters.GetValue(HelloWorldVocabularies.User.Id, new HashSet<string>());

			var person = new Dictionary<string, string>
				{ "id",           id.FirstOrDefault() }

			if (person.Any())
				yield return new ExternalSearchQuery(this, entityType, person);

		public override IEnumerable<IExternalSearchQueryResult> ExecuteSearch(ExecutionContext context, IExternalSearchQuery query)
            var id = query.QueryParameters["id"].FirstOrDefault();

            if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(id))
                yield break;

            var user = _client.GetUser(id).Result;
			if (user != null)
				yield return new ExternalSearchQueryResult<User>(query, user);

		public override IEnumerable<Clue> BuildClues(ExecutionContext context, IExternalSearchQuery query, IExternalSearchQueryResult result, IExternalSearchRequest request)
			var resultItem = result.As<User>();

			var code = GetOriginEntityCode(resultItem);

			var clue = new Clue(code, context.Organization);

			PopulateMetadata(clue.Data.EntityData, resultItem);

			return new[] {clue};

		public override IEntityMetadata GetPrimaryEntityMetadata(ExecutionContext context, IExternalSearchQueryResult result, IExternalSearchRequest request)
            var resultItem = result.As<User>();
            return CreateMetadata(resultItem);

        public override IPreviewImage GetPrimaryEntityPreviewImage(ExecutionContext context, IExternalSearchQueryResult result, IExternalSearchRequest request)
            return null;

        private IEntityMetadata CreateMetadata(IExternalSearchQueryResult<User> resultItem)
            var metadata = new EntityMetadataPart();

            PopulateMetadata(metadata, resultItem);

            return metadata;

        private EntityCode GetOriginEntityCode(IExternalSearchQueryResult<User> resultItem)
	        return new EntityCode(EntityType.Person, CodeOrigin.CluedIn.CreateSpecific("helloworld"),;

        private void PopulateMetadata(IEntityMetadata metadata, IExternalSearchQueryResult<User> resultItem)
            var code = GetOriginEntityCode(resultItem);

            metadata.EntityType       = EntityType.Person;
            metadata.Name             =;
            metadata.OriginEntityCode = code;

			metadata.Properties[HelloWorldVocabularies.User.Email] =;