Altova MapForce 2023 Enterprise Edition

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EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is a family of standards which enable electronic exchange of data between organizations or businesses. You can map data to or from EDI formats in the following transformation languages: Built-In, C#, C++, Java. The EDI data can be mapped to or from any of the formats supported by MapForce, including databases, flat files, XML documents, and others. For the extent of supported features applicable to each language and format, see Support Notes.


The table below summarizes the EDI-related standards supported in MapForce.





ASC X12 is an industry standard for document interchange. MapForce supports versions: 3040, 3050, 3060, 3070, 4010, 4020, 4030, 4040, 4041, 4042, 4050, 4051, 4052, 4060, 5010, 5011, 5012, 5020, 5030, 5040, 5050, 6010, 6020, 6030, and 6040.


The default ASC X12 version in MapForce is 6040.


ASC X12 components have "virtual" nodes into which EDI parser error information/data is written depending on the settings you select in the EDI Validation Settings dialog box (see EDI component validation ). An X12 997 Functional Acknowledgement can be generated from any X12 document.


For more information about ASC X12, see


HIPAA is based on the X12 EDI 5010 standard, but has its own specialized versions which are natively supported by MapForce 2011 Release 3 or later.


The default HIPAA X12 version in MapForce is release A2 of the HIPAA implementation specs (TR3). 


Previous releases are available for download on the MapForce Components page of the Altova website (


HL7 is an industry standard for data exchange between medical applications and is an abbreviation of "Health Level Seven". MapForce supports versions 2.2 to 2.6.


The default HL7 version in MapForce is 2.6.


A separate installer for the additional HL7 V2.2 - V2.5.1 XML Schemas and configuration files is available on the MapForce Components page of the Altova website (


The XML-based HL7 version 3.x is supported in MapForce 2023 using XML schema components.


The MapForceExamples project contains a sample that maps a HL7 V2.6 to a HL7 V3 XML file (HL7V260_to_HL7V3.mfd).


For more information about HL7, see


PADIS (Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Standards) is an industry standard for the exchange of passenger and airport data using EDI documents. MapForce supports versions: 00.1 to 08.1.


The default PADIS version in MapForce is 08.1.


For more information about IATA PADIS, see


SCRIPT is a standard for exchanging electronic information in the US healthcare sector developed by the NCPDP (National Council for Prescription Drug Programs), see MapForce supports mapping data between files in SCRIPT format and any other format supported by MapForce, including XML, CSV, Microsoft Excel, databases, and others. The supported NCPDP SCRIPT versions are: 8.1, 10.6, 10.10.


The default NCPDP SCRIPT version in MapForce is 10.10.


SAP IDocs (intermediate documents) documents are used to exchange business data between SAP R/3 and non-SAP applications. The documents are a form of intermediate data storage which can be exchanged between different systems.


For more information about SAP IDocs, see the SAP Help Portal.


SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is a global provider of financial messaging services. SWIFT MT (Message Text) is a message type used in SWIFT network. MapForce supports mapping SWIFT MT data to or from any other MapForce-supported format, including XML, CSV, JSON, databases, and others.


MapForce supports the following SWIFT MT releases: 2019 or newer. Note that the default installed version is SWIFT 2022.


Support for mapping data to or from SWIFT MX / ISO 20022 formats is implicit, since these formats are XML based.


TRADACOMS (Trading Data Communications) is a UK-specific Electronic Data Interchange standard used in the retail business.


MapForce implements the base TRADACOMS specification as laid out in the "TRADACOMS Manual of Standards for Electronic Data Interchange", published in January 1993 by the Article Numbering Association (ANA) UK, now known as GS1 UK. For other TRADACOMS versions, MapForce can be customized to process new message types, data elements, and code values, by means of configuration files.


UN/EDIFACT (the United Nations rules for Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) is a set of standards for electronic document interchange. MapForce supports the following UN/EDIFACT Directories: D.93A or later. The latest UN/EDIFACT version is the default installed version in MapForce.


A separate installer for all previous versions back to D.93A, including the configuration files required for Interactive EDI mappings, is available on the Altova MapForce Libraries page.


ODETTE EDI is a set of standards used for message interchange in the automotive industry. For more information about ODETTE EDI message types, see Messaging Resources.



The EDI configuration versions installed by default with MapForce (formatted in bold in the table above) typically change with every new release. For example, when a newer version of the UN/EDIFACT standard appears, it becomes the default one in MapForce for the next upcoming release. Note that the default EDI versions are mainly suitable for trial and demo purposes, but not for production, because they change constantly.


To design an EDI mapping for production, make sure to download and install the required specific version of EDI configuration files from the Altova website ( After installation, the installed EDI versions become available in MapForce in addition to the default versions, see Adding EDI Components to the Mapping.


For a single EDI component that you have added to the mapping area, MapForce can process multiple message types of any single standard EDI release. For example, this enables you to read data from an interchange file which includes more than one message type, or to generate as mapping output an interchange file which contains multiple message types. You can also process data from multiple instance files containing different message types. Note that operations such as the ones described above are only meaningful when they are supported by the underlying specification.


If your organization is using EDI specifications that are customizations of those already supported by MapForce, it is possible to adapt MapForce to your custom EDI specification by means of configuration files. For example, you can add custom messages, segments, data elements, code lists, and so on (or change the existing ones), thus creating a custom EDI collection similar to any of the EDI-related directories that are already supported by MapForce. For more information, see Customizing EDI Structure and Customizing EDI Validation.


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