XML File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an XML file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .XML files.

What is an XML file?

Files that contain the .xml file extension are Extensible Markup Language files. XML files are structured text files. These files can contain a variety of content for an array of computer application purposes.

The XML file format uses custom tags that allow the transmission of files across applications and organizations. XML is very similar to HTML, but with stricter rules. For example, the tags that are created are case sensitive when writing in XML and they must be ended, unlike the tags that are used in HTML documents.

XML was initially created to replace the HTML language, although its use has become more versatile and HTML is still widely used today.

How to open XML files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension XML for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different XML openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension XML

While we know of one file format using the .XML file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .XML file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of XML files. Remember, different programs may use XML files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
OpenOffice.org CalcOpenOffice.org CalcUser submitted
OperaOperaUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
Adobe DreamweaverAdobe DreamweaverUser submitted
SafariSafariUser submitted
LibreOffice CalcLibreOffice CalcUser submitted
LibreOffice WriterLibreOffice WriterUser submitted
Opera Internet BrowserOpera Internet BrowserUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with XML-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with XML-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!