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Developer(s) Lee Thomason
Stable release
2.6.2 / May 15, 2011; 6 years ago (2011-05-15)
Type API
License zlib License
Website grinninglizard.com/tinyxml/

TinyXML is a small, simple, operating system-independent[1] XML parser for the C++ language.[2] It is free and open source software, distributed under the terms of the zlib License.[3]


The principal impetus for TinyXML is its size, as the name suggests. It parses the XML into a DOM-like tree. It can both read and write XML files.


  • TinyXML does not process DTDs, either internal or external. So XML files that rely upon DTD-defined entities will not parse correctly in TinyXML.
  • Though it does handle processing instructions, it has no facilities for handling XSLT stylesheet declarations. That is, it does not apply an XSLT declared in a stylesheet processing instruction to the XML file when parsing it.
  • Further, TinyXML has no facility for handling XML namespaces. Qualified element or attribute names retain their prefixes, as TinyXML makes no effort to match the prefixes with namespaces.
  • In terms of encodings, it only handles files using UTF-8 or an unspecified form of ASCII similar to Latin-1.


  1. ^ "TinyXml Main Page". It is written in OS independent C++. 
  2. ^ Drew Sikora, John Hattan. Beginning Game Programming: A GameDev.net Collection (Course Technology Cengage Learning). ISBN 978-1-59863-805-9. 
  3. ^ "TinyXml Documentation". TinyXML is released under the ZLib license 

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