libxml2 is a software library for parsing XML documents. It is also the basis for the libxslt library which processes XSLT-1.0 stylesheets.

Original author(s)The GNOME Project
Initial releaseSeptember 23, 1999 (1999-09-23)
Stable release2.9.9 (January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03)[1]) [±]
Written inC
Operating systemcross-platform[2]
TypeXML parser
LicenseMIT License


Written in the C programming language, libxml2 provides bindings to C++, Ch,[3] XSH, C#, Python, Kylix/Delphi and other Pascals, Ruby, Perl, Common Lisp,[4] and PHP.[5] It was originally developed for the GNOME project, but can be used outside it. libxml2's code is highly portable,[6] since it depends on standard ANSI C libraries only,[7] and it is released under the MIT license. This library was written by Daniel Veillard and receives active feedback from its users.

It includes the command-line utility xmllint and an HTML parser.[8]

See also


  1. Veillard, Daniel (3 January 2019). "Release of libxml2-2.9.9". (Mailing list). Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. "Introduction". 28 November 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  3. "ch libxml2 open source binding".
  4. "cl-libxml2 High-level wrapper around libxml2 and libxslt libraries".
  5. "PHP: libxml - Manual". Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  6. "Python and bindings". Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  7. "The XML C parser and toolkit of Gnome". Retrieved 2016-05-16.
  8. "HTMLparser".
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