Is there a vim command or plugin that quickly "beautifies" XML?

I have a file that looks like

<parent><child attr="bla"><subitem>Hello!

and I want to make it look like

  <child attr="bla">

Using only vim builtins:

First replace all >< with > [newline] < :


Then to reindent:


These steps give me the right output for your example data.

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    Not sure why but the gg=G is not working for me. I also tried it on a small bock but the = command is not working. Mar 31 '11 at 14:27
  • Does == work on a single line? Maybe try :set ft=xml to set indent rules.
    – redacted
    Apr 1 '11 at 15:21

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