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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

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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 (although it has not been updated since 2004)


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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

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.

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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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