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What is .XML File Extension?

Identify the Specifications of XML file Type:

Developer:World Wide Web Consortium
Format Type:Markup language
File Category:Data Files
MIME Type:application/xml, text/xml
Supported Platforms:Microsoft Windows, MAC OS X and Linux

Full Form of .XML File Format

Extensible Markup Language

Get Detailed information About XML Format

The .XML file extension is a popular file format written in Extensible Markup Language (XML). An .XML extension of file uses common tags to describe objects and object attributes. XML format is similar to an .HTML document, but custom tags also can be used in XML to define objects and the data within each object.

In general terms, we can say that XML file is used to create and share data on the World Wide Web using standard ASCII text. The XML file format is also helpful for storing and moving data among two or more programs and over the Internet.

Note: The main difference between HTML and XML file types are that in HTML page, we can use only predefined tags since XML file supports custom tags.

What is XML file Structure?

XML documents keep entire data in a tree structure that start at "the root" and branches to "the leaves". Generally, we start writing an XML file with to define version and encoding.

XML file format

How to Open XML File Extension?

All XML files are formatted as text documents so we can open and edit XML files by using a basic text editor as shown below:

Programs to Open XML File in Windows OS:

  1. Adobe Dreamweaver
  2. Microsoft Visual Studio
  3. Notepad
  4. Editplus
  5. Google Chrome
  6. Mozilla Firefox
  7. Internet Explorer

Check how to Open XML file Format in Linux:

  1. Bare Bones BBEdit 10
  2. ElfData XML Editor
  3. MacroMates TextMate
  4. Google Chrome
  5. Mozilla Firefox
  6. Internet Explorer

Check how to Open XML file Format in Linux:

  2. Any text editor
  3. Google Chrome
  4. Mozilla Firefox
  5. Internet Explorer