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To end these week contributions, tomorrow is national holiday in Portugal, BizTalk Pipeline Components Extensions Utility Pack community project for BizTalk Server 2016 got a new update. A new component that you can use in your custom BizTalk Server Send pipelines is now available: Remove XML Namespace Pipeline Component.

Remove XML Namespace Pipeline Component

The XML Remove Namespace pipeline component was developed in the old days by Johan Hedberg for BizTalk Server 2006 – you can check the original post here – that I now migrate to BizTalk Server 2016 with his permission and it can be used to remove XML namespaces from XML documents inside custom pipelines.

This has the availability to transform the root of the message from this:

<ns0:Blah xmlns:ns0="http://RemoveXmlNamespace.BTS.BlahMessage">

Into this:


As Johan mention in his original post, you shouldn’t remove the namespace from the messages, however, we don’t leave in a perfect world and we need to deal with legacy systems and sometimes they required, for unknown reasons for me, that we deliver messages without namespace.

To use this pipeline component in your projects you just copy the “RemoveXmlNamespace.PipelineComponents.dll” file into “Pipeline Components“ folder that exists in BizTalk Server Installation directory: “..Program Files (x86)Microsoft BizTalk Server <version>Pipeline Components” on every server.

You do not need to add a custom pipeline component to be used by the BizTalk Runtime to the Global Assembly Cache (GAC).

What is BizTalk Pipeline Components Extensions Utility Pack?

BizTalk Pipeline Components Extensions Utility Pack is a set of custom pipeline components (libraries) with several custom pipeline components that can be used in received and sent pipelines, which will provide an extension of BizTalk out-of-the-box pipeline capabilities.

BizTalk Pipeline Components Extensions Utility Pack: Zip Pipeline Component

The project is available on BizTalk Server Open Source Community repository on GitHub ( and everyone can contribute with new pipeline components that can be extended or improve the existing BizTalk Server capabilities.

At the moment it is only available for BizTalk Server 2016 but it will soon be compiled and available for previous versions of the product.

Where to download it?

You can download BizTalk Pipeline Components Extensions Utility Pack from GitHub here:
BizTalk Pipeline Components Extensions Utility Pack

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community. View all posts by Sandro Pereira