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I need a tool which displays an XML file in a nice way.

With "nice way" I mean a way on which I can fold and unfold all the nodes.

Is there any free tool that runs on Windows Vista that does this trick?

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Please specify which OS the tool needs to run on. – Kevin Reid May 12 '11 at 0:05
On Windows Vista. :-) – user36938 May 17 '11 at 10:34
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Notepad++ does the trick.

Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

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Some more features

  • Tabbed document interface
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Multiple Clipboard (plugin required)
  • Split screen editing and synchronized scrolling
  • Spell checker (requires Aspell) (Spell checker does not distinguish between text and code)
  • Supports text encoding formats such as Unicode, for international writing systems
  • Find and replace over multiple documents
  • File comparison
  • Zooming
  • Syntax highlighting and syntax folding

Source: Wikipedia - Notepad++

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I recommend the free XML Marker version 1.1 - download link (not the latest commercial version). Although version 1.1 has not been updated since 2004, it is still entirely sufficient for most purposes.


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+1 Not come across this app before - wish I'd known about it ages ago! – Linker3000 May 11 '11 at 12:09
Interesting. Nice! – fpmurphy1 Jun 2 '11 at 16:36
-1 for not saying it's NOT FREEWARE... and not even cheap: $125 for a 1-person licence. – mike rodent Jul 9 at 15:45
@mikerodent: Verify before downvoting, I say "I recommend the free XML Marker". This version 1.1 is still freeware today and is still entirely sufficient for most purposes. I made it clearer above. – harrymc Jul 16 at 14:37

I recomend notepad++ too, but sometimes i use Internet Explorer to navigate on a XML file, ie can fold and unfold notes too.

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Microsoft's XML Notepad 2007 is also a handy little editor.

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There are plenty of free tools that have collapsable nodes, Xeena and XML Marker are a few, there is a fuller list here. However you do get what you pay for so don't be too surprised if it's a bit clunky and unsophisticated. For something a bit better take a look at Liquid XML Editor.

share|improve this answer If you are looking for online tool then this may help Which supports image view.

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Welcome to Super User! Please read How do I recommend software for some tips as to how you should go about recommending software. At the very least you should provide some additional information about the software rather than just a link. – Mokubai Nov 27 '14 at 8:44