DocBook is a document expression format.

I am looking for a free DocBook editor in WYSIWYG mode.


  • What you see is what you get
  • Supports as many DITA elements as possible
  • Very reliable, never crashes
  • User-friendly
  • Free
  • Can run at least on Windows, webapps OK
  • Must be a DocBook editor, not a general-purpose XML editor
  • You mentioned in this answer that there are such editors. What are those you know? Jan 16, 2016 at 22:57
  • @ThomasWeller: I don't have enough experience with any to write a good answer unfortunately.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jan 17, 2016 at 2:30
  • Possible duplicate of XML WYSIWYG editor May 18, 2019 at 18:56
  • @BasilBourque: Not duplicate as that question asks for a general-purpose XML editor, with only optional DocBook support. DocBook, like ODT, is a very special XML format with specialized tools for it. To edit ODT you would use LibreOffice, even if in theory you could use a general-purpose XML editor (that would be incredibly cumbersome). Same here.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    May 20, 2019 at 1:18
  • Why DocBook? In the past I liked formats like this (Sphinx, ...) too. But now I realized: there is no need for printed documents any more (at least in my projects). HTML is known to all people I work with. That's why we use it now for documenting.
    – guettli
    May 20, 2019 at 6:24

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This could be little late but how about XmlMind DocBook Editor Personal Edition. It is free-ware!

Note that it's not open source. (In other words it's not licensed as a GNU style open source type of free.)

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    You could at least have added a URL, although we would prefer it if you would tell us more about the app, and how it answers the OP's question
    – Mawg
    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:26
  • Hi Samuel! Better late than never :-) However, please add more information, and ideally a screenshot. See what is required for a good answer: meta.softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/356/… Cheers!
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jun 22, 2017 at 11:51
  • ok added the link! Just thought in this day and age it is easy to be lazy. If someone wants to get to the details, they could just select and select the keyword and search in Google. BTW: I have installed XmlMind on my machine as a backup to a paid editor OxygenXml
    – Samuel
    Jun 24, 2017 at 15:41
  • BTW, while this is free to use, as in free-ware, it's not free software as in free and open source software. See their "Personal Edition License". xmlmind.com/xmleditor/which_license.html Dec 28, 2018 at 2:16

ThotBook is a free editor that can edit DocBook files.

ThotBook is (will be) a visual editor for DocBook, based on ThotLib. ThotBook will allow users to visually edit DocBook documents using a graphical interface and will allow them to import/export their work into structured DocBook SGML/XML. ThotBook will help to produce valid structured DocBook documents without having to learn the DocBook syntax. ThotBook will respect document structure, as opposed to "WYSIWYG" editors, which produce (mostly) unstructured documents.

  • Is this project alive? According to the history last commits into the CVS repository happened ~20 years ago...
    – AntonK
    Mar 22, 2023 at 15:16

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