A lightweight XML Document class for JavaScript.

  • xmldoc

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xmldoc lets you parse XML documents with ease. It's a pure-JavaScript, one-file XML document class with a single dependency on the excellent saxsax parser.
For more on why I wrote this class, see the blog postblog.
blog: http://nfarina.com/post/34302964969/a-lightweight-xml-document-class-for-nodejs-javascript

Release Notes

See CHANGELOG.md for details (built with GitHub Changelog Generator).


npm install xmldoc
Or just download the repository and include it in your node_modules directly. Or just download the single JS fileblob!
blob: https://github.com/nfarina/xmldoc/blob/master/lib/xmldoc.js

Installation - React Native

I haven't tested this myself but installing buffer and stream separately may be necessary for xmldoc to work on React Native:
npm install buffer stream xmldoc


var xmldoc = require('xmldoc');

var document = new xmldoc.XmlDocument("<some>xml</some>");

// do things


The primary exported class is XmlDocument, which you'll use to consume your XML text. XmlDocument contains a hierarchy of XmlElement instances representing the XML structure.
Both XmlElement and XmlDocument contain the same members and methods you can call to traverse the document or a subtree.


  • name - the node name, like "tat" for <tat>. XML "namespaces" are ignored by the underlying sax-js parser, so you'll simply get "office:body" for <office:body>.
  • attr - an object dict containing attribute properties, like bookNode.attr.title for <book title="...">.
  • val - the string "value" of the node, if any, like "world" for <hello>world</hello>.
  • children - an array of XmlElement children of the node.
  • firstChild, lastChild - pretty much what it sounds like; null if no children
  • line, column, position, startTagPosition - information about the element's original position in the XML string.

Each member defaults to a sensible "empty" value like {} for attr, [] for children, and "" for val.


All methods with child in the name operate only on direct children; they do not do a deep/recursive search.
It's important to note that xmldoc is designed for when you know exactly what you want from your XML file. For instance, it's great for parsing API responses with known structures, but it's not great at teasing things out of HTML documents from the web.
If you need to do lots of searching through your XML document, I highly recommend trying a different library like node-elementtree.


Similar to underscore'sunderscore each method, it will call func(child, index, array) for each child of the given node.


Pass it the name of a child node and it will search for and return the first one found, or undefined.


Like childNamed but returns all matching children in an array, or [].


Searches for the first child with the given attribute value. You can omit value to just find the first node with the given attribute defined at all.


Searches for a specific "path" using dot notation. Example:
    <name isProper="true">George R. R. Martin</name>

If you just want the <name> node and you have the XmlElement for the <book> node, you can say:
var nameNode = bookNode.descendantWithPath("author.name"); // return <name> node


Just like descendantWithPath, but goes deeper and extracts the val of the node. Example:
var authorName = bookNode.valueWithPath("author.name"); // return "George R. R. Martin"

You can also use the @ character to request the value of a particular attribute instead:
var authorIsProper = bookNode.valueWithPath("author.name@isProper"); // return "true"

This is not XPath! It's just a thing I made up, OK?


This is just an override of the standard JavaScript method, it will give you a string representation of your XML document or element. Note that this is for debugging only! It is not guaranteed to always output valid XML.
The default implementation of toString(), that is, the one you get when you just console.log("Doc: " + myDoc) will pretty-print the XML with linebreaks and indents. You can pass a couple options to control the output:
xml.toString({compressed:true}) // strips indents and linebreaks
xml.toString({trimmed:true}) // trims long strings for easier debugging
xml.toString({preserveWhitespace:true}) // prevents whitespace being removed from around element values

Putting it all together:
var xml = "<author><name>looooooong value</name></author>";
console.log("My document: \n" + new XmlDocument(xml).toString({trimmed:true}))

My Document:


Feel free to file issues or hit me up on Twittertwitter.
underscore: http://underscorejs.org XPath: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XPath twitter: http://twitter.com/nfarina sax: https://github.com/isaacs/sax-js