Convert Workflows

Before you dive in, read up on the workflow concept first.

Convert Workflows allow you to create actions using strings as input.

These workflows are triggered manually and are integrated in various areas of Caido:

Convert context menu

Special Nodes

Most convert nodes have simple inputs that are covered by the workflow guide.

There are a few exceptions that require further explanation:


Javascript code nodes allow you to run custom scripts in your convert workflow. They have a minimal code editor available in the properties.

The code must export a function called run that takes an input and the sdk as arguments and return either a String or an Array of numbers (representing the UTF-8 bytes).

By default, the input is an array of bytes.

export function run(input, sdk) {
  let parsed = sdk.asString(input);
  return parsed;

The sdk object provides some basic utilities, namely:

  • console: This is similar to the console provided in standard Javascript runtimes. Only the log method is available at the moment.
  • asString: This loosely converts an array of bytes into a String, invalid characters will be represented with the � character.

Please let us know which utilities you would like to see in the SDK!


Shell nodes allow you to call external programs in the workflow. Depending on the platform on which Caido is running (unix or windows) you will have access to different shells.

Shell selection

Since those shell are run in non-interactive mode, they do not source any files prior to running the script (see bash manual). For some shells, Caido will try to source the default .[shell]rc file in your home directory. If that doesn't work for you, you can override manually the Init.

Init script override

The command receives the data via STDIN and is expected to output on STDOUT. The STDERR will be printed in the Caido logs. The command should also exit with 0.

Input for command

Control flow

Control flow nodes allow you to take various paths based on some conditions. Right now we only offer an if/else, but we will likely offer loops and other control flow nodes in the future.

The If/Else Javascript node is very similar to the code node, with the exception that it must return a boolean.

export function run(input, sdk) {
  return false;

Based on the result, the execution will take the True or False branch. Make sure to connect both to the rest of the workflow!