OpenBabel binary inputs?

KNIME 4.7.3

I have some cdx files in a table as binary objects. When I try to pass the table to the OpenBabel node, that column doesn’t appear in the list of selectable columns – only string type columns appear.

If I use the Binary Objects to Strings node before passing the table to the OpenBabel node, I can select the column, select the input format as “cdx – ChemDraw binary format [Read-only]”, and SMILES as the output format, but the conversion fails silently. No error messages in the console, only missing “?” data in the new appended column.
Screenshot 2023-06-09 at 10.40.57

I have tried using all of the Decoding formats in the Binary Objects to Strings node (UTF-8, US-ASCII, etc), and both bundled (Lin/Win) and manually installed (Mac/Lin/Win) versions of the babel executable. No combination is successful.

I can write the binary data to a file (in a loop) using the Binary Objects to Files node, then use the External Tool node to run the babel executable, and that works OK - I get SMILES strings, mol files, etc as output.
Screenshot 2023-06-09 at 10.42.42

But that means that I need to install the babel executable on any system that wants to run the workflow.

Does anybody know how to pass cdx data to the OpenBabel node so that I can use the bundled version of babel in the OpenBabel node?

(the other)

Hi the other Simon :grin:

thanks for reporting this, together with a workaround. We’d be happy to take a look at this.

By any chance, do you have a small example workflow ready to share for any non-moleculists wanting to give this a shot?

Kind regards

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OK Marvin, attached a very simple workflow with example data. I don’t have access to the original tool anymore, so had to use another tool to generate the data. So there may be differences, but it seems to duplicate the original problem.

(the other)
openbabel-binary-example.knwf (32.0 KB)

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Hi @marvin.kickuth,

Any updates available on this?

(the other)

Hi @sauberns,

Thank you for reporting and providing the example workflow.

We have created a ticket for this (AP-20793).

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