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Delete User Notes from Alma using Update User Details API

Method: Windows PowerShell
Pre-requisites: List of User IDs, Update User Details API Key
Update User Details API Doc:
The Update/Notify Users job in Alma allows you to Add user notes, but not Delete them. This walkthrough details how to Delete user notes using the Update User Details API.
First, you need to have a list of User IDs at hand. Save these as a text file. Record the path.
Steps taken within PowerShell:

1.) Define global variables

$UserNotes = “c:\your\path\toList\ofUserIDs.txt”
$url_base = ‘’
$url_params = ‘?user_id_type=all_unique&send_pin_number_letter=false&apikey=’
$apiKey = ‘yourApiKey’
$string1 = ‘noteTextThatYouWantToDelete’

In this example, I was tasked with removing a legacy note (” CL RTRND: 0) that was migrated from Millennium. I set variable $string1 equal to this note text ($string1 = ‘” CL RTRND: 0’). You would set your variable equal to the note text that you are attempting to remove.

2.) Run the API

#Load List of User IDs

$UserList = Get-Content $UserNotes -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#For Each User ID in the list of User IDs

foreach ($UserId in $UserList) {

#Run Update User Details API to Fetch User XML

$putUrl = $url_base + $UserId + $url_params + $apiKey
[xml]$xml = (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(“$putUrl”)

#Identify the note text and then delete the node that contains it

$node = $xml.SelectSingleNode(“//user_note[note_text=’$string1′]”)

#PUT the user XML back into Alma without the note node

$Response = Invoke-WebRequest -Uri $putUrl -Method PUT -Body $xml -ContentType “application/xml”


3.) Optional: Pause PowerShell to View Errors

Write-Host “Press any key to continue …”
$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey(“NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown”)

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