At work, we use XML Spy. It is very impressive, but it also costs Eur 399 for a single license.

I am looking for an alternative; it must be gratis, for Windows (or cross platform), with full text view, tree view, and, most importantly, grid view, like this:

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Beyond that, just standard features, like find/replace, etc The more the merrier, but gratis/cheap & grid view are the important ones.

[Update] I want round trip editting. The grid should not just be for looking at. I want to be able to edit the grid and have it upate the underlying XML.


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XiMpLe (http://www.ximple.cz) is free for non-commercial use. And its grid view editor is good and comfortable. And there is no installation so you can try it quickly.

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  • This looks even better than my own answer which I had accepted. Thanks. Free for non-commercial use and only Eur 30/user/year for commercial use; a great price. Oct 29, 2018 at 19:26

In the end, I went with XML ValidatorBuddy at $20 for the home edition .

It does just what I want

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  • I still like this one. Also, its companion JSONbuddy. Greta features & great prices Feb 28, 2020 at 7:54

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