Create a chain of agents
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Just like people, Mozenda agents work more efficiently when they have a specific set of tasks to complete. Rather than giving a single agent a long list of actions to perform, you can get your data faster if you create a chain of small agents that divide the workload.

The steps below walk you through the most common technique to build a chain of agents, where an initial agent collects navigation URLs, and subsequent agents reference those URLs to harvest data.

1. Build an agent that captures at least 1 URL field

In the Agent Builder,

  1. Start an Agent
  2. Capture a list of URLs
  3. Test the agent
  4. Save the agent

2. Run the agent

In the Web Console,

  1. Run the agent

3. Input data into another agent

In the Agent Builder,

  1. Start a new agent from the Mozenda home screen
  2. Select Add Action > Input List
  3. Select Collection
  4. Select the collection and view that corresponds to the previous agent
  5. Select Add Action > Load New Page
  6. Replace http:// with a field reference associated with the URL field from the previous agent. To indicate that this is a field, enter the name between two percentage signs. Leave the post data field and/or other fields blank.

URL

  1. Click ADD PAGE
  2. Add any additional steps needed on the agent.
  3. Test the agent
  4. Save the agent
  5. If needed, repeat steps 1-10 to add additional chained agents.
EXPERT TIP

Automate these steps using a sequence Click here.

Include all fields in your final export

  1. Right-click on Begin Item List > Properties > Additional Settings
  2. Select the Green Plus sign > hold CTRL + select all fields to include in your final agent
  3. Save

Select Fields

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