You were doing some sorting on your PC when you found a file you had never seen before. Driven by curiosity, you tried to open it but there was no way to succeed. Maybe you haven't installed the right program or skipped a few steps. In any case, don't worry: if you are reading this guide, it means that I am here to help you. Tell me: what kind of file is it? A file . Xml? Then there is not the slightest problem: now I'll explain how to open it, but first let me explain, briefly, what kind of document you are dealing with.
Unlike the HTML file, which is a structural document with predefined tags, XML is a document that acts as a container for storing data that can be used by other software. XML files are easy to open: you just need to use the right program. Also know that it is also possible to open this type of file using online services and apps for Android / iOS / iPadOS mobile devices.
That said, we can roll up our sleeves and take action. All you have to do is sit comfortably in front of the PC and follow the directions I am about to give you. You will see that opening the file you found will be a piece of cake. Are you ready to get started? Yes? Very well! I wish you a good read as usual!
How to Open .xml Files on Windows
For open an XML file on Windows you do not need to download complicated additional software, since some basic programs are already pre-installed on your computer that allow you to view them in a few clicks.
Notepad / WordPad
The very simple Block notes Windows is able to instantly open XML files. How to do? Simply, right-click on the file in question and, from the context menu that is shown to you, select the items Open with> Notepad. Et voila! Here is revealed the contents of the file in question!
Also the basic Windows text editor, WordPad, is able to open XML files, as it is possible to view these types of files as simple textual content: do not forget that XML files are nothing more than files containing data and information inserted textually.
Want to know how to open XML file with WordPad? It's just that easy! Click with the right mouse button on the file in question and then, from the context menu, choose the items Open with> WordPad. Easy, am I right?
Browser for Browsing the Internet
Alternatively, you can also open an XML file with any Internet browser. In my test, browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge e Internet Explorer they were able to successfully open an XML file in no time.
To do this too, click with the right mouse button on the file in question and, from the context menu that is shown to you, click on the item Open with. At this point, from the options you see, select the item that refers to the name of the browser which you intend to use.
The XML file will be opened directly in a new browser tab and you can read its textual content.
How to Open .xml Files on Mac
Stai using a Poppy and would like to understand how to open an XML file, you don't need to complicate your life by installing difficult software. All you need is the browser Safari, which, like any other browser, is able to easily view files with this extension.
To open the XML file you have identified, right-click on it and, from the context menu, choose the items Open With> Safari. In the blink of an eye, the file will be opened with the macOS default web browser.
Alternatively, you can also use the notes software, TextEdit, already pre-installed on macOS. To open the XML file with this application, click on the file with the right mouse button and, in correspondence with the drop-down menu Open with, select the voice TextEdit. And here is your file open.
How to Open .xml Files with Excel
If you usually use the software of the suite Office, you will be happy to know that some of these allow you to open XML files. For example, Word is able to view the content of this type of file, in the same way as I have already illustrated for Notepad or WordPad, of which you will find all the information in the previous chapters of the tutorial.
Also Excel, the popular spreadsheet processing software, is absolutely capable of viewing the XML file. The file in question, however, will be displayed as an XML table and not as a simple text, as it does in Word.
To open the file with Microsoft Excel, start the program and, from the side menu, select the item apri other files of type workbooks, taking care to locate the XML file in question. From the dialogue menu that opens, open the file as XML table And that's it! Did you see how easy it was? I bet you didn't think it would be that simple.
How to Open .xml Files Online
Are you really curious to find out the content of the XML file you found but don't want to download a software? No problem, it's not mandatory. To open files that have the extension .XML, you can use one of several tools for online viewing. I propose below some Internet sites that offer the visualization of XML files: they are easy to use and really immediate tools.
The first Internet site that acts as a viewer for XML files is the tool XML Viewer di codebeautify.org. To use this tool, go to the official website at codebeautify.org.
The interface of XML Viewer it is simple and functional: you will see that, following the instructions you will find in the next lines, you will have no difficulty in using it to view XML files.
First, hit the button KATEGORIEN, in order to locate the file on your PC or Mac. After selecting it, click on the button apri from the dialog box, to complete the import process.
On the screen XML input, on the left, you will see the text of the file you opened, while on the right screen you can see it according to other structures: by pressing the Tree view, you will be able to see the structure of the different tags and dependencies; by clicking Beautify / Format you will be able to view the well-formatted source code, while with the key Minify you can delete all unnecessary code.
Additionally, you can export XML to other formats, such as CSV (Export to CSV) oppure in JSON (XML to JSON). In case you want to make changes, you can save them by pressing the key Download, which allows you to save the new file on your PC, again in XML format.
If you just want to open the XML file you have identified and you are not interested in reading the content with different formats or structures, I recommend the XML Grid.net website designed to allow you to open an XML file in just a few clicks from your browser.
How to use it? It's very simple: first connect to its main website and, once you have viewed the web page in question, click on Open File e Choose file. Of course you will now need to locate the XML file you found on your computer, click on it and then on the button apri from the Windows or macOS dialog, to open it. Once loaded, press the button Submit.
If everything went well, the file will show the indication Well-Formed XML. The file will then be displayed in the lower pane and you can click the button Text View, to view it in full text format.
Among the additional features of this website, there is the possibility of using tools, such as Online XML Tutorials, to learn how to write in XML, or Online XML Validator, to verify the correct writing of the same.
Among the many Internet sites that carry out the task of opening and viewing XML files, the one that stands out for its attractive graphic interface is xmlviewer.org.
As you can obviously guess from the domain name, the aim is to allow you to view the content of an XML file. The site does this very well, plus it has a really pleasing user interface.
To use it, connected to its main website, upload the file you have identified, using the button KATEGORIEN, and pulsating premiere Format.
If you wish, you can format the text in Json format (the To Json), delete the superfluous code (the Minify) and activate the tree view (button Tree view).
How to Open .xml Files on Smartphones and Tablets
Did you find the XML file on your computer but, in a hurry and not being able to use your PC, would you like a solution to open it when you are away from home? No problem, I'll settle you immediately.
Open an XML file on a smartphone or tablet Android it's very easy. Again, since it is a file with textual content, the default text editor of Android devices is able to open it. Once downloaded, open it from your device's file manager: you will see that it will open in the blink of an eye via the tool Text editor
If you are using a device iOS, instead download the file from the cloud service you used to transfer it to your mobile device, such as iCloud. Since this is a file containing textual data, just tap on it to view it as a normal textual note. As you have seen, you don't need any kind of third-party application to open and view it.
How to Open .xml Files in PDF
Do you want to open an XML file using a PDF? Well, I have all the solutions that can definitely do for you. In fact, you must know that, in most cases, an XML file cannot be directly opened through a PDF software, but you can however convert it into the latter format.
Although there are some software that allow you to view XML to PDF, such as those for electronic invoicing, which I will tell you about in the next chapter, in some cases it is necessary to convert it first. This operation is possible using one of the many solutions illustrated in the previous chapters, then taking care to print in PDF format. You can also use tools that allow immediate XML to PDF conversion.
In all these cases, what I advise you to do is to consult my guide on how to convert an XML file to PDF, in which I have shown you all the solutions that can help you achieve this your goal.
How to Open .xml.p7m File
If you have received an electronic invoice in XML o XML.P7M, using one of the tools proposed in the previous chapters is not an adequate solution. This is because the proposed software allows you to view the textual content of an XML file, without taking into account their structure.
In this regard, what you need is a tool that can open this kind of file, maintaining the structure and formatting of the invoice, so as to read it correctly.
There are several software used for this purpose, such as Dike or AssoInvoice, or some online solutions or mobile apps. You will find insights on these topics in my guides on how to open XML electronic invoice and how to open xml.p7m files.