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Tools for working with XML documents and files

'XMLStarlet' is a toolset for transforming, querying, validating, and editing XML documents and files using a simple set of shell commands. It works in much the same way as sed, awk, diff, patch, etc do for plain text files. It can be used for working with many XML documents at the *NIX command prompt as well as for automated XML processing with shell scripts. Among other features, 'xmlstarlet' can:

-Check or validate XML files
-Calculate the values of XPath expressions on XML files
-Search XML files for matches to given XPath expressions
-Apply XSLT stylesheets to XML documents
-Query, modify, format, or edit XML documents
-Fetch XML documents using http:// or ftp://
-Browse the tree structure of XML documents
-Include one XML document into another using XInclude
-Escape/unescape special XML characters in input text
-Print a directory as an XML document
-Convert XML into PYX format and vice versa


User 's guide available in HTML format from http://xmlstar.sourceforge.net/doc/UG/; User's guide availble in PDF format from http://xmlstar.sourceforge.net/doc/UG/xmlstarlet-ug.pdf



version 1.6.1 (stable)
released on 9 August 2014

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Janet Casey

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1 November 2004

Leaders and contributors

Mikhail Grushinskiy Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttp://sourceforge.net/cvs/?group_id=66612
Bug TrackingVCS Repository Webviewhttps://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=66612&atid=515106
Bug Tracking,DeveloperForumhttps://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=226077
HelpMailing List Info/Archivehttp://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/xmlstar-devel
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/xmlstarlet

Software prerequisites

Required to uselibxml2
Source requirementlibxslt
Required to uselibxslt
Required to buildlibxml2
Required to buildlibxslt
Weak prerequisite
  • nix shell
Source requirementlibxml2

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 28 February 2018.


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