When I use a function such as =importXml("http://www.google.com", "//a/@href") in a Google Spreadsheet cell, it works just fine. However, when I try to use the same function in a script, it gives an error message.

My script has the following code:

function myFunction() {
  return importXml("http://www.google.com", "//a/@href");

When I call the function from a cell by using =myFunction(), I get the following error:

error: ReferenceError: "importXml" is not defined.

How can I use the importXml function in a script?

  • did you have a solution now? Commented Sep 6, 2019 at 18:46

2 Answers 2


In addition to the remark made by Barry, here's a link that explains the usage of XML in combination with Google Apps Script (GAS): XML with GAS

You can use the importXML formula in GAS, but you have to address it as a formula:

function myXML() {
  var cell = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet()
  cell.setFormula('=importXml("http://www.google.com", "//a/@href")');  

Reference: setFormula


This isn't possible because ImportXML is a spreadsheet function and is not available in the Script Editor.

You would have to write a script to get the XML from the URL and then parse it manually.

What exactly are you trying achieve? (I am presuming that the Google Url and href elements are an example?)

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