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A JavaScript XSLT processor without native library dependencies.

How to

Install xslt-processor using npm or yarn:

npm install xslt-processor
yarn add xslt-processor

Within your ES2015+ code, import the Xslt class, the XmlParser class and use this way:

import { Xslt, XmlParser } from 'xslt-processor'

// xmlString: string of xml file contents
// xsltString: string of xslt file contents
// outXmlString: output xml string.
const xslt = new Xslt();
const xmlParser = new XmlParser();
const outXmlString = xslt.xsltProcess(

To access the XPath parser, you can use the instance present at Xslt class:

const xslt = new Xslt();
const xPath = xslt.xPath;

Or ou can import it like this:

import { XPath } from 'xslt-processor'

const xPath = new XPath();

If you write pre-2015 JS code, make adjustments as needed.

Xslt class options

You can pass an options object to Xslt class:

const options = {
  escape: false,
  selfClosingTags: true,
  parameters: [{ name: 'myparam', value: '123' }],
  outputMethod: 'xml'
const xslt = new Xslt(options);
  • escape (boolean, default true): replaces symbols like <, >, & and " by the corresponding XML entities.
  • selfClosingTags (boolean, default true): Self-closes tags that don't have inner elements, if true. For instance, <test></test> becomes <test />.
  • outputMethod (string, default xml): Specifies the default output method. if <xsl:output> is declared in your XSLT file, this will be overridden.
  • parameters (array, default []): external parameters that you want to use.
    • name: the parameter name;
    • namespaceUri (optional): the namespace;
    • value: the value.

Direct use in browsers

You can simply add a tag like this:

<script type="application/javascript" src="https://www.unpkg.com/xslt-processor@2.0.0/umd/xslt-processor.js"></script>

All the exports will live under globalThis.XsltProcessor. See a usage example here.

Breaking Changes

Version 1

Until version 1.2.8, use like the example below:

import { Xslt, xmlParse } from 'xslt-processor'

// xmlString: string of xml file contents
// xsltString: string of xslt file contents
// outXmlString: output xml string.
const xslt = new Xslt();
const outXmlString = xslt.xsltProcess(

Version 0

Until version 0.11.7, use like the example below:

import { xsltProcess, xmlParse } from 'xslt-processor'

// xmlString: string of xml file contents
// xsltString: string of xslt file contents
// outXmlString: output xml string.
const outXmlString = xsltProcess(

and to access the XPath parser:

import { xpathParse } from 'xslt-processor'

These functions are part of Xslt and XPath classes, respectively, at version 1.x onward.


XSLT-processor contains an implementation of XSLT in JavaScript. Because XSLT uses XPath, it also contains an implementation of XPath that can be used independently of XSLT. This implementation has the advantage that it makes XSLT uniformly available whenever the browser's native XSLTProcessor() is not available such as in Node.js or in web workers.

XSLT-processor builds on Google's AJAXSLT which was written before XSLTProcessor() became available in browsers, but the code base has been updated to comply with ES2015+ and to make it work outside of browsers.

This implementation of XSLT operates at the DOM level on its input documents. It internally uses a DOM implementation to create the output document, but usually returns the output document as text stream. The DOM to construct the output document can be supplied by the application, or else an internal minimal DOM implementation is used. This DOM comes with a minimal XML parser that can be used to generate a suitable DOM representation of the input documents if they are present as text.

Tests and usage examples

New tests are written in Jest an can be run by calling: npm test.

The files xslt.html and xpath.html in the directory interactive-tests are interactive tests. They can be run directly from the file system; no HTTP server is needed. Both interactive tests and automatic tests demonstrate the use of the library functions. There is not much more documentation so far.


A few features that are required by the XSLT and XPath standards were left out (but patches to add them are welcome). See our TODO for a list of missing features that we are aware of (please add more items by means of PRs).

Issues are also marked in the source code using throw-statements.

The DOM implementation is minimal so as to support the XSLT processing, and not intended to be complete.

The implementation is all agnostic about namespaces. It just expects XSLT elements to have tags that carry the xsl: prefix, but we disregard all namespace declaration for them.

There are a few nonstandard XPath functions.

HTML Conformance

HTML per se is not strict XML. Because of that, starting on version 2.0.0, this library handles HTML differently than XML:

  • Tags like <hr>, <link> and <meta> don't need to be closed. The output for these tags doesn't close them (adding a / before the tag closes, or a corresponding close tag);
  • This rule doesn't apply for XHTML, which is strict XML.




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