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Indent XML Formatting In Notepad++

XML files are really hard to read if not in proper indentations. A easy way to do so is by using text editors like sublime and notepad++.

If you have a xml file with data unformatted, notepad++ is a great tool to format (indent or prettify) your xml file contents.

But the XML formatting plugin is not added to notepad++ by default. So you need to download libXML2-based plugin called XML tools

Dowloading XML tools plugin

    Go to notepad++ menu, under Plugins -> Plugin Manager -> Show plugin Manager.

    Plugin Manager Notepad++
    Now look for XML tools and tick the respective check-box, and Download the plugin.

    Select XML Tools under Plugin Manager Notepad++
    Download XML Tools Notepad++
    You will be asked to restart notepad++ after the plugin is installed to take effect.

Lets test the xml plugin

    Open your xml file that needs to be formatted.

    XML file unformatted data
    Now go to Plugins -> Plugin Manager -> XML Tools -> Pretty Print (XML Only), you will see that the data of the xml file is now well formatted.
    Pretty print XML in Notepad++ using XML tools

    Result :

    Result - XML file Prettified using Notepad++

With XML tools plugin you can do a lot with xml files, some of the features this tool has,
  • Pretty print.
  • XML Syntax Checker.
  • Linarize XML.
  • XML Schema (XSD) + DTD Validation.
  • XML tag autoclose.
  • Current XML Path.
  • XPath expression evaluation.
  • Conversion XML to Text/Text to XML.
  • Comment / Uncomment.


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