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Popular XML editors with quick descriptions

An XML editor is a markup language editor with added functionality to facilitate the editing of XML. The list is a compilation of popular free and paid XML editors.

GNU Emacs

Emacs and its derivatives are a family of text editors that are characterized by their extensibility. The manual for one variant describes it as "the extensible, customizable, self-documenting, real-time display editor".[1] Development began in the mid-1970s and continues actively as of 2014. Emacs has over 2,000 built-in commands and allows the user to combine these commands into macros to automate work. The use of Emacs Lisp, a variant of the Lisp programming language, provides a deep extension capability.




jEdit is a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds (counting the time developing plugins) of person-years of development behind it.

XML Copy Editor

XML Copy Editor is free software released under the GNU General Public License.




A compact editor for building XSL templates and testing their transformation with XML documents. Very easy to use. No setup required, excellent tool for XSL authoring and debugging.

XML Notepad - Home

XML Notepad 2007 provides a simple intuitive User Interface for browsing and editing XML documents.

Xerlin XML Editor

The Xerlin Project is a Java™ based XML modeling application written to make creating and editing XML files easier. It runs on any Java 2 virtual machine (JDK1.2.2 or higher). The application is extensible via custom editor interfaces that can be added for individual DTD's.

XML Editor/Viewer Online -

View,Edit and Validate XML Document Load your XML data into the Online Editor. The XML code will be validated against W3C XML 1.0 specifications. If no error is found you will see a stamp: Well-Formed XML , otherwise, debug information will be displayed for you to correct the errors.

Doctored.js - a new kind of editor

User-friendly XML editor (no brackets!)

Author & publish XML/DITA & unstructured content | FrameMaker 12

Adobe FrameMaker 12 software is a complete solution for authoring, enriching, managing, and publishing technical documentation. Author with best-in-class XML/DITA and DTD support. Manage content using out-of-the-box integration with leading content management systems and Dropbox. Collaborate with PDF-based reviews, even on mobile devices.

XMLSpy XML Editor

Altova XMLSpy® 2014 is the industry's best-selling XML editor for modeling, editing, transforming, and debugging XML-related technologies. It offers the world’s leading graphical schema designer, a code generator, file converters, debuggers, profilers, full database integration, support for XSLT, XPath, XQuery, WSDL, SOAP, XBRL, JSON, and Office Open XML (OOXML) , plus Visual Studio and Eclipse integration, and more.

XMetaL Author Enterprise

XMetaL Author Enterprise helps you get to market faster by bringing structure and automation to content creation. Using XML standards such as the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), XMetaL enables authors and contributors to collaborate effectively - and to repurpose high value information into the myriad of languages and formats your customers demand.

oXygen XML Editor

oXygen XML Editor is a cross platform tool setting the standard in XML editing. This advanced XML editor provides the most intuitive tools for XML editing, authoring and conversion, XSL, XSLT, XQuery, XML Schema, DTD, Relax NG and Schematron development, SOAP and WSDL.

PTC - Arbortext Editor

PTC's Arbortext Editor is a dynamic publishing tool for creating technical publications like operator manuals, eLearning materials and reference documents.




Eclipse is probably best known as a Java IDE, but it is more: it is an IDE framework, a tools framework, an open source project, a community, an eco-system, and a foundation.


Notepad++: a free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.

  • Ashish Gupta


    Ashish has several years of experience working with content. He is a technical communicator and a community builder by profession; UX advocate and a quality champion by nature; and a Chemical engineer from IIT Bombay by academic qualification.

    In his spare time he likes to spoil his son silly, test workflows, identify usability enhancements and new features in software that he uses, and indulge in the online communities. Other interests areas in which Ashish dabbles are Instructional content, eLearning, social media, SEO, project management, life skills, watching soccer, fantasize about running long marathons some day, and occasionally trekking in the Himalayas.

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