Downloading and Installing Notepad++ with XML Tools

This section provides a tutorial example on how to download and install Notepadd++ on Windows system; and how to add the XML Tools Plugin in Notepadd++.

Downloading and installing Notepad++ is easy. See steps below:

1. Go to, and click "Download". You see a list of Notepad++ versions and download options.

2. Click "Notepad++ Installer" to start downloading the installer file "npp.6.8.8.Installer.exe". Save it to the desktop.

3. Double-click "npp.6.8.8.Installer.exe" on the desktop. You see "Notepad++ v.6.8.8 Setup" window showing up.

4. Follow the setup instruction to finish installation.

5. Click "Start" button, then "All programs" > "Notepad++" > "Notepad++" to start the program.

"XML Tools Plugin" is not included in the default installation of Notepad++. You need to follow these steps to add it:

1. Run Notepad++ and click menu "Plugins" > "Plugin Manager" > "Show plugin manager" You see the "Plugin Manager" window showing up.

2. Find "XML Tools" in the "Available" list and make it checked. Then click "Install" to finish adding "XML Tools" to Notepad++.

3. Click menu "Plugins" > "XML Tools". You see a list of XML Tools commands showing up.

Notepad++ with XML Tools Plugin
Notepad++ with XML Tools Plugin

Now you are ready to play with the XML Tools Plugin in Notepad++.

In case your version of Notepad++ comes with no Plugin Manager, you need to following these steps to install the Plugin Manager (Thanks to SilverM-A, who provided these steps as comment in the Web version):

1. Download the Plugin Manager ZIP file from

2. Unzip the ZIP file and place the PluginManager.dll file in the Notepad++ plugins directory.

3. Place the gpup.exe in the updater directory under your Notepad++ program directory (e.g. "C:\Program Files\Notepad++\updater").

4. Restart Notepad++.

Last update: 2018.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of XML (eXtensible Markup Language)

 XML File Syntax

 XML File Browsers

 DOM (Document Object Model) Programming Interface

 SAX (Simple API for XML) Programming Interface

 DTD (Document Type Definition) Introduction

 Syntaxes of DTD Statements

 Validating an XML Document against the Specified DTD Document Type

 XSD (XML Schema Definition) Introduction

 Syntaxes of XSD Statements

 Validating XML Documents Against Specified XML Schemas

 XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language) Introduction

 XSLT (XSL Transformations) Introduction

 Java Implementation of XSLT

 XPath (XML Path) Language

 XSLT Elements as Programming Statements

 Control and Generate XML Element in the Result

 XML Notepad - XML Editor

XML Tools Plugin for Notepad++

 What Is XML Tools Plugin for Notepad++

Downloading and Installing Notepad++ with XML Tools

 Converting XML in Pretty Print Format

 XSD Validation and Error List

 XSLT Transformation

 Other XML Tools Functions

 XML 1.1 Changes and Parsing Examples

 Outdated Tutorials


 PDF Printing Version