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Altova XMLSpy
Stable release
2023 / October 19, 2022; 13 months ago (2022-10-19)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows - officially supported
TypeXML Editor

XMLSpy is a proprietary XML editor and integrated development environment (IDE) developed by Altova. XMLSpy allows developers to create XML-based and Web services applications using technologies such as XML, JSON, XBRL, XML Schema, XSLT, XPath, XQuery, WSDL and SOAP.


XMLSpy was first released in 1999,[1] producing an integrated development environment for XML.[2] It is a licensed software product that uses key protection to prevent unlicensed usage.[3] Version 3.5 was released in 2000, allowing graphical input for editing diagrams and access to remote files.[4][5] Version 4.1, released in 2001, added the capability to create XML schemas.[6] The 5.0 version of the program was released in 2002, adding a XSLT processor, XSLT debugger, a WSDL editor, HTML importer, and a Java as well as C++ generator. The version's XML document editor was redesigned to allow for easier use by businesses.[7] XMLSpy 2006 was given the Platinum Award by SQL Pro Magazine's Editor's choice awards.[8] XMLSpy 2007 added increased XPath capabilities, including better integration with Microsoft Word.[9]

In 2008 XMLSpy was the gold recipient in the Development Platform category by SQL Server Pro.[10] In 2009 XMLSpy was named the Editors' Best Best Development Tool's Silver Award recipient by Windows IT Pro Magazine.[11] XMLSpy 2010 added additional support for WSDL 2.0, as well as JSON editing.[12] In 2011 the program added additional charting and graphing support, in addition to enhancing other program capabilities.[13] In 2012 the new version added support for HTML5 and EPUB.[14] The 2013 version then added new XML validation tools.[15] The program also has support for XBRL, in order to manage and view XBRL data.[16] Version 2014 includes support for XQuery Update Facility, with recent updates adding support for JSON Schema and Apache Avro.

Multiple views[edit]

Altova XMLSpy includes multiple views and editing features for the following:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived company website". December 2, 2000. Archived from the original on December 2, 2000. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "XML Spy 5.0". PC Magazine. January 1, 2003. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  3. ^ Altova website
  4. ^ Edd Dumbill (November 13, 2000). "New version of XML Spy with graphics support schemes". XML fr. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Tomasz Kopacz (May 21, 2001). "Szpieg, który kochał XML". Computerworld. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Using XML Spy 4.1 Suite to Create XML Schemas". Web Pro News. December 3, 2001. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Christina M. Purpi (October 16, 2002). "XML Spy Gains XSLT Debugger, WSDL Editor". Computerworld. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "Rock Stars". SQL Pro Magazine. July 20, 2006. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  9. ^ Ken Cox (October 1, 2007). "Hands-On Product Report: Altova XMLSpy 2007". Redmond Developer. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  10. ^ Jeff James (July 30, 2008). "SQL Server Magazine Editors' Best Awards 2008". SQL Server Pro. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "2009 Windows IT Pro Editors' Best and Community Choice Awards". Windows IT Pro Magazine. November 19, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  12. ^ "News Briefs". SD Times. December 1, 2009. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
  13. ^ Adrian Bridgwater (February 22, 2011). "Altova Aims For Eye-Catching XML Power". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  14. ^ Adrian Bridgwater (February 27, 2012). "Altova Reveals Release 2 of MissionKit 2012". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Mitch Pronschinske (September 29, 2012). "New MissionKit Raises the Bar for Modeling Tools". DZone. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  16. ^ Robert J. Boeri (December 2009). "Words and 401(k)s". EContent. Retrieved February 11, 2013.

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