XML File Extension  What is .Xml and how to open them? ▷ 2020

When we are working with web pages either in a personal or professional blog; depending on the platform with which we are working, It is likely that we have ever downloaded a kind of backup copy of the structure of our website.

It is downloaded and saved on our computer in a file with an XML extension, And if you are a newbie, this name does not tell you anything, but the truth is that being a file of this nature it is possible only with a little knowledge to change the structure of the website, among other things.

For this we only have to know how to open and read this type of file and for that we have this simple section for you, since it can only be launched with certain applications.

What is .XML files and what are they used for?

files with .XML extension

XML for its acronym in English means Extensible Markup Language, and it is nothing more than a meta language that is easy to interpret for both users and computers. This language it is considered universal because it allows defining and relating other languages ​​such as XHTML, MathML and SVG, among others.

XML is a derivative of SGML, therefore, among its many functions is to structure and organize data. XML is used to place extensions and tags for a correct organization of documents, and also to facilitate the exchange of information between different platforms with different languages.

It is ideal for developers of all modalities, since allows you to locate all kinds of information, whether it is data or images for an interface. It is important to emphasize that XML allows you to give a universal structure to all the information, it is possible to view it on different platforms but with an intact structure.

How to open and read .XML files on smartphones, browsers or computers?

XML files are universal in nature, therefore these can be opened with any text editing or visualization program and in any operating system. Here’s how to do it.

On Windows PC

There are many ways to open and read an XML file in Windows, they all start with doing right click on the previously located file.

open XML file in windows

  • Once we have identified the file, we must select the medium that best suits our purposes or the one that seems most comfortable to us.
  • Default we will select the notepad, as it is one of the easiest methods to view this information. Although for more specific cases there is Notepad ++, Wordpad, Microsoft visual studio 2015, among others.
  • To know how to read and know that it is a document encoded in XML, the first thing we are going to see is this code: xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?>.

read an XML file

  • Being a simple text editor and also depending on what program it is created for, we will most likely see a lot of information tucked into different specific tags, one on top of the other. Well as we know these documents are text based.

The next method to open a file with an .xml extension is with Excel:

  • The first thing we must do is open excel from the beginning or from where we have it located.
  • Then in the open section we are going to click on “Examine” and we will find the document in XML format and open it.

open XML file with Excel

  • We will get this menu in which the correct thing is to choose to open it “As XML table”.

as XML table

  • For Excel create an outline with the data provided we press “To accept”.

 schema based on the XML source data

  • Done this depending on the labels and based on the information, An ordered scheme will appear similar to the following.

XML schema

On Mac computers

On Mac computers the process to read an XML file is very similar to Windows, you just have to enter the Mac Text Edit, and then click on “Open” to locate the file on your computer or in iCloud Drive and ready.

TextEdit mac

The Apple Store of iOS devices has a wide variety of applications to open an XML file, you just have to write XML in the store’s search engine and select the one that seems best to you and download it. Another way to open these types of formats on Mac is with Oxygen XMl, with Xmplify XML or Visual XML.

The process is similar, once the program is opened in the open section, we will locate the file and we will immediately be able to view and read it.

On Android mobile phones

For Android devices it is also easy to open documents in XML format, the only thing we will need is to download an application that allows us to do this, among these we have Axel XML editor / Viewer and File Viewer.

android apps to read XML files

*Note: This application is no longer available in the Google Play store, RIP 🙁

Once downloaded we will locate the document and execute it with any of these apps to later have access to edit and view the data.

On iPhone devices with iOS

On iOS devices the field is reduced to an excellent application called FileApp with which we can perfectly open and edit files in XML format.


In Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser

There are several methods to view and edit XML files in Chrome, Mozilla or different browsers, we have several ways to do it:

  • The first of them is by accessing this specialized website, xmlviewer.org and pressing where it says “Browse”.

read XML file with Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

  • After doing this, we explore until we find our file, we will select it and open it.

open XML file in browsers

  • Then we will see something like this.

 read XML file in browsers

  • Now in case we want to view the document in Google Chrome all we have to do is open a new tab by pressing CTRL + T and then drag the document from the folder where it is saved to the browser.

open XML file in Google Chrome

  • The process in Mozilla and in the rest of the computers is very similar, We open a new tab and paste the document there. This will give us access to the visualization of all the code

open XML file in mozilla firefox

List of the best alternative applications and programs to open a document with .XML extension without using Excel

As you well know in this tutorial, these are common ways that are used to store and transfer data on the Internet from different programs. These can be modified by any tool, including a simple text editor. But if you want to know about any other application or program, here we will leave you a small list.

Edit Plus

Edit Plus

It is a very complete text editor made for Windows. It contains many tools for programmers, among which stand out syntax highlighting, code folding, common language expressions to search and modify, among others. Its advantage is that it has a content viewer to see the final result of the work without leaving the program, self-correction.

Office XML Handler

 Office XML Handler

It is a software developed by Microsoft open source It contains all the tools for representing data such as spreadsheets, text documents and graphics. It has support for reading and writing ISO and is ideal for creating and defining schemas with XML code.

oXygen XML Editor

oXygen XML Editor

This platform is available on all operating systems And according to users it is excellent to carry out both individual projects and larger projects, because there is a kind of hierarchy where there is a project manager who assigns each section to each programmer. It is important to mention that it is excellent for non-XML experts thanks to its intuitive interface.

Notepad ++

Notepad ++

This is the most common and recommended by most programmers, since it is simple and very similar to the notepad, but with many more tools and a greater capacity to support hundreds of languages. In addition to include coloring and markup in syntax for ease of reading.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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