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Sensible Node SDK

Welcome! Sensible is a developer-first platform for extracting structured data from documents, for example, business forms in PDF format. use Sensible to build document-automation features into your SaaS products. Sensible is highly configurable: you can get simple data in minutes by leveraging GPT-4 and other large-language models (LLMs), or you can tackle complex and idiosyncratic document formatting with Sensible's powerful layout-based document primitives.

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This open-source Sensible SDK offers convenient access to the Sensible API. Use this SDK to:

  • Extract: Extract structured data from your custom documents. Configure the extractions for a set of similar documents, or document type, in the Sensible app or Sensible API, then run extractions for documents of the type with this SDK.
  • Classify: Classify documents by the types you define, for example, bank statements or tax forms. Use classification to determine which documents to extract prior to calling a Sensible extraction endpoint, or route each document in a system of record.

Documentation

Versions

  • The latest version of this SDK is v0.
  • The latest version of the Sensible API is v0.

Node and Typescript support

  • This SDK supports all non-end-of-life Node versions.
  • This SDK supports all non-end-of-life Typescript versions.

Install

In an environment with Node installed, open a command prompt and enter the following commands to create a test project:

mkdir sensible-test
cd sensible-test
touch index.mjs

Then install the SDK:

npm install sensible-api

Initialize

Get an account at sensible.so if you don't have one already.

To initialize the SDK, paste the following code into your index.mjs file and replace YOUR_API_KEY with your API key:

const sensible = new SensibleSDK(YOUR_API_KEY);

Note: Ensure you secure your API key in production, for example as a GitHub secret.

Quickstart

To extract data from a sample document at a URL:

  1. Install the Sensible SDK using the steps in the previous section.
  2. Paste the following code into an empty index.mjs file:
import { SensibleSDK } from "sensible-api";

const sensible = new SensibleSDK(YOUR_API_KEY); //replace with your API key
const request = await sensible.extract({
      url: "https://github.com/sensible-hq/sensible-docs/raw/main/readme-sync/assets/v0/pdfs/contract.pdf",
      documentType: "sensible_instruct_basics",
      environment: "development"
    });
const results = await sensible.waitFor(request); // polls every 5 seconds. Optional if you configure a webhook
console.log(results);
  1. Replace YOUR_API_KEY with your API key.
  2. In a command prompt in the same directory as your index.mjs file, run the code with the following command:
node index.mjs

The code extracts data from an example document (contract.pdf) using an example document type (sensible_instruct_basics) and an example extraction configuration.

Results

You should see the following extracted document text in the parsed_document object in the logged response:

{
  "purchase_price": {
    "source": "$400,000",
    "value": 400000,
    "unit": "$",
    "type": "currency"
  },
  "street_address": {
    "value": "1234 ABC COURT City of SALT LAKE CITY County of Salt Lake -\nState of Utah, Zip 84108",
    "type": "address"
  }
}

Optional: Understand extraction

Navigate to the example in the SenseML editor to see how the extraction you just ran works in the Sensible app. You can add more fields to the left pane to extract more data:

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Usage: Extract document data

You can use this SDK to extract data from a document, as specified by the extraction configurations and document types defined in your Sensible account.

Overview

See the following steps for an overview of the SDK's workflow for document data extraction. Every method returns a chainable promise:

  1. Instantiate an SDK object with new SensibleSDK().
  2. Request a document extraction with sensible.extract(). Use the following required parameters:
    1. (required) Specify the document from which to extract data using the url, path, or file parameter.
    2. (required) Specify the user-defined document type or types using the documentType or documentTypes parameter.
  3. Wait for the results. Use sensible.waitFor(), or use a webhook.
  4. Optionally convert extractions to an Excel file with generateExcel().
  5. Consume the data.

Extraction configuration

You can configure options for document data extraction:

const request = await sensible.extract({
      path: ("./1040_john_doe.pdf"),
      documentType: "tax_forms",
      configurationName: "1040_2021",
      environment: "development",
      documentName="1040_john_doe.pdf",
      webhook: {
         url:"YOUR_WEBHOOK_URL",
         payload: "additional info, for example, a UUID for verification",
    }});

See the following table for information about configuration options:

key value description
path string The path to the document you want to extract from. For more information about supported file size and types, see Supported file types.
file string The non-encoded bytes of the document you want to extract from.
url string The URL of the document you want to extract from. URL must:
- respond to a GET request with the bytes of the document you want to extract data from
- be either publicly accessible, or presigned with a security token as part of the URL path.
To check if the URL meets these criteria, open the URL with a web browser. The browser must either render the document as a full-page view with no other data, or download the document, without prompting for authentication.
documentType string Type of document to extract from. Create your custom type in the Sensible app (for example, rate_confirmation, certificate_of_insurance, or home_inspection_report), or use Sensible's library of out-of-the-box supported document types.
documentTypes array Types of documents to extract from. Use this parameter to extract from multiple documents that are packaged into one file (a "portfolio"). This parameter specifies the document types contained in the portfolio. Sensible then segments the portfolio into documents using the specified document types (for example, 1099, w2, and bank_statement) and then runs extractions for each document. For more information, see Multi-doc extraction.
configurationName string Sensible uses the specified config to extract data from the document instead of automatically choosing the configuration.
If unspecified, Sensible chooses the best-scoring extraction from the configs in the document type.
Not applicable for portfolios.
documentName string If you specify the file name of the document using this parameter, then Sensible returns the file name in the extraction response and populates the file name in the Sensible app's list of recent extractions.
environment "production" or "development". default: "production" If you specify development, Sensible extracts preferentially using config versions published to the development environment in the Sensible app. The extraction runs all configs in the doc type before picking the best fit. For each config, falls back to production version if no development version of the config exists.
webhook object Specifies to return extraction results to the specified webhook URL as soon as they're complete, so you don't have to poll for results status. Sensible also calls this webhook on error.
The webhook object has the following parameters:
url: string. Webhook destination. Sensible posts to this URL when the extraction is complete.
payload: string, number, boolean, object, or array. Information additional to the API response, for example a UUID for verification.

Extraction results

Get extraction results by using a webhook or calling the Wait For method.

For the extraction results schema, see Extract data from a document and expand the 200 responses in the middle pane and the right pane to see the model and an example, respectively.

Example: Extract from PDFs in directory and output an Excel file

See the following code for an example of how to use the SDK for document extraction in your app.

The example:

  1. Filters a directory to find the PDF files.
  2. Extracts data from the PDF files using the extraction configurations in a bank_statements document type.
  3. Logs the extracted document data JSON to the console.
  4. Writes the extractions to an Excel file. The Generate Excel method takes an extraction or an array of extractions, and outputs an Excel file. For more information about the conversion process, see SenseML to spreadsheet reference.
import { promises as fs } from "fs";
import { SensibleSDK } from "sensible-api";
import got from "got";
const apiKey = process.env.SENSIBLE_APIKEY;
const sensible = new SensibleSDK(apiKey);
const dir = "ABSOLUTE_PATH_TO_DOCUMENTS_DIR";
const files = (await fs.readdir(dir)).filter((file) => file.match(/\.pdf$/));
const extractions = await Promise.all(
  files.map(async (filename) => {
    const path = `${dir}/${filename}`;
    return sensible.extract({
      path,
      documentType: "bank_statements",
    });
  })
);
const results = await Promise.all(
  extractions.map((extraction) => sensible.waitFor(extraction))
);

console.log(extractions);
console.log(results);
const excel = await sensible.generateExcel(extractions);
console.log("Excel download URL:");
console.log(excel);
const excelFile = await got(excel.url);
await fs.writeFile(`${dir}/output.xlsx`, excelFile.rawBody);

Usage: Classify documents by type

You can use this SDK to classify a document by type, as specified by the document types defined in your Sensible account. For more information, see Classifying documents by type.

Overview

See the following steps for an overview of the SDK's workflow for document classification. Every method returns a chainable promise:

  1. Instantiate an SDK object (new SensibleSDK().

  2. Request a document classification (sensible.classify(). Specify the document to classify using the path or file parameter.

  3. Poll for the result (sensible.waitFor().

  4. Consume the data.

Classification configuration

You can configure options for document data extraction:

import { SensibleSDK } from "sensible-api";

const sensible = new SensibleSDK("YOUR_API_KEY");
const request = await sensible.classify({
  path:"./boa_sample.pdf"
  });
const results = await sensible.waitFor(request);
console.log(results);

See the following table for information about configuration options:

key value description
path string The path to the document you want to classify. For information about supported file size and types, see Supported file types.
file string The non-encoded bytes of the document you want to classify.

Classification results

Get results from this method by calling the Wait For method. For the classification results schema, see Classify document by type (sync) and expand the 200 responses in the middle pane and the right pane to see the model and an example, respectively.

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