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A simple javascript module for converting XML into JSON.


  • no external dependencies
  • small (~3kb minified)
  • simple parsing. pass either a string or xml node and get back a javascipt object ( use JSON.stringify(obj) to get the string representation )
  • supports atrributes, text, cdata, namespaces, default namespaces, attributes with namespaces... you get the idea
  • lots of rendering of options
  • browser support - it works on IE 7+, and nearly every version of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox as well as iOS, Android, and Blackberry

Parsing XML (esp. with namespaces) with javascript remains one of the great frustrations of writing web applications. Most methods are limited by such things as poor browser support, poor or non-existent namespace support, poor attribute handling, incomplete representation, and bloated dependencies.

xmlToJSON may not solve all of your woes, but it solved mine :)


Include the src

<script type="text/javascript" src="path/xmlToJSON.js"></script>

and enjoy! xmlToJSON is packaged as a simple module, so use it like this

 testString = '<xml><a>It Works!</a></xml>';   // get some xml (string or document/node) 
 result = xmlToJSON.parseString(testString); // parse 

The (prettified) result of the above code is

   "xml": {
       "a": [
               "text": "It Works!"


// These are the option defaults 
var options = { 
    mergeCDATA: true, // extract cdata and merge with text nodes 
    grokAttr: true, // convert truthy attributes to boolean, etc 
    grokText: true, // convert truthy text/attr to boolean, etc 
    normalize: true, // collapse multiple spaces to single space 
    xmlns: true,  // include namespaces as attributes in output 
    namespaceKey: '_ns',  // tag name for namespace objects 
    textKey: '_text',  // tag name for text nodes 
    valueKey: '_value',  // tag name for attribute values 
    attrKey: '_attr',  // tag for attr groups 
    cdataKey: '_cdata' // tag for cdata nodes (ignored if mergeCDATA is true) 
    attrsAsObject: true,  // if false, key is used as prefix to name, set prefix to '' to merge children and attrs. 
    stripAttrPrefix: true,  // remove namespace prefixes from attributes 
    stripElemPrefix: true,  // for elements of same name in diff namespaces, you can enable namespaces and access the nskey property 
    childrenAsArray: true  // force children into arrays 
// you can change the defaults by passing the parser an options object of your own 
var myOptions - {
    mergeCDATA: false,
    xmlns: false,
    attrsAsObject: false
result = xmlToJSON.parseString(xmlString, myOptions);

A more complicated example (with xmlns: true)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xml xmlns="http://default.namespace.uri">
        <b id="1">one</b>
        <b id="2"><![CDATA[some <cdata>]]>two</b>
        <ns:c xmlns:ns="http://another.namespace" ns:id="3">three</ns:c>

results in

        "xml": [{
                "attr": {
                        "xmlns": {
                                "value": "http://default.namespace.uri"
                "a": [{
                        "b": [{
                                "attr": {
                                        "id": {
                                                "value": 1
                                "text": "one"
                        }, {
                                "attr": {
                                        "id": {
                                                "value": 2
                                "text": "some <cdata>two"
                        "c": [{
                                "attr": {
                                        "xmlns:ns": {
                                                "value": "http://another.namespace"
                                        "id": {
                                                "value": 3
                                "text": "three"