sortxml (week #22)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Labels: ,
This is a very simple utility that prettifies and sorts xml file nodes and attributes.

It is simple to use.

USAGE: sortxml.exe [options] infile [outfile]

  infile      The name of the file to sort, etc.
  outfile     The name of the file to save the output to.
              If this is omitted, then the output is written to stdout.


  --pretty    Ignores the input formatting and makes the output look nice.
  --sort      Sort both the nodes and attributes.
  --sortnode  Sort the nodes.
  --sortattr  Sort the attributes.

(prefix an option with ! to turn it off.)

The default is to output pretty and sorted nodes and attributes. So, given the following:

    $ type sample.xml
    <root><node attr="name" value="one"></node></root>
Would output the following:

    $ sortxml.exe sample.xml
        <node attr="name" value="one">
I created this utility so I can use it as a File Format in Beyond Compare. Here is the gist of the File Format in BC3.

    Helpers\sortxml.exe --pretty --sortnode --!sortattr %s %t

Check out the source code at GitHub!
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