XSD File Type

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What are XSD files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an XSD file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an XSD file?

XSD files have multiple uses, and XML Schema is one of them.

XML Schema

XSD is an acronym for XML Schema Description. Files that contain the .xsd file extension are used in order to determine which attributes and elements will appear in an associated XML document. An XSD file may also be used to determine what data is stored in the file elements.

How to open XSD files

We have identified 6 XSD openers that are compatible with this specific type of XSD file.

Programs that open XML Schema files

Last updated: March 17, 2022

All known file formats using extension .XSD

While XML Schema is a popular type of XSD-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .XSD extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Cross Stitch Pattern

The Pattern Maker software application, a cross-stitch program, also uses files with extension XSD. They contain cross stitch patterns (designs) created by professional and amateur cross stitch fans.

You can transfer these designs to an embroidery machine, which will stitch the design automatically without human intervention.

XSD opener for Windows

We have identified 2 XSD openers that are compatible with this specific type of XSD file.

Data Format Description Language Schema

This is a file format that implements a standard way to describe text and binary data. It was published as an Open Grid Forum Proposed Recommendation in 2011.

A DFDL schema makes it possible to read any text or binary data from their native formats and present the data as if it came from the same source - that is, data in multiple formats can be transformed into a common output using the definitions in the DFDL schema. The reverse process is also possible - going from a standard format to native formats.

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
Materials StudioMaterials StudioUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
TimetableTimetableUser submitted
Pattern Maker for cross stitch, StdPattern Maker for cross stitch, StdUser submitted
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
Pattern Maker for cross stitch, ProPattern Maker for cross stitch, ProUser submitted
Any Video Converter FreeAny Video Converter FreeUser submitted
XMLSpyXMLSpyUser submitted