What's XML? How to Convert XML to CSV?


XML is a simple data storage language. XML uses a series of simple tags to describe the data, and these tags can be created in a convenient way. Although XML takes up more space than binary data, XML is simple and easy to master and use.

However, in most cases, XML format files are not common. Many computers can't open such files. In this situation, we sometimes convert XML to CSV. CSV is a common, relatively simple file format that is widely used by users, businesses, and scientists. The most widespread use of CSV is in transferring tabular data between programs. There are a variety of XML conversion tools on the Internet that can be used to convert XML to CSV format. This post will introduce some converters to you.

1. onlinexmltools

onlinexmltools is a collection of useful XML utilities for working with Extensible Markup Language documents and data structures. All XML tools are simple, free, and easy to use. All conversions and calculations are done in your browser using JavaScript. They don't send a single bit about your input data to their servers.

Step 1. When you navigate to the homepage, you can see many XML tools. Find the "Convert XML to CSV" tool and click it.

onlinexmltools Convert XML to CSV

Step 2. Paste your XML in the input form below and it will instantly get converted to CSV. You can also import your XML file from your local device by clicking the "Import from file" button.

onlinexmltools Import XML File

Step 3. Click the "Save as" > "Download" button to download the CSV file.

onlinexmltools Download CSV File

2. Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is the industry-leading spreadsheet program, a powerful data visualization, and analysis tool. Excel will learn your patterns and organize the data to save time. You can easily create a spreadsheet through a template, or you can create a spreadsheet yourself and use modern formulas for calculations.

Step 1. Start Excel, and then choose "Data" > "Get Data" > "From File" > "From XML".

Microsoft Excel Import XML File

Step 2. Then the data navigator window will show up. Click the XML file and then verify if the data is properly displayed in the preview window.

Microsoft Excel Navigator

Step 3. After a few seconds, you can view the XML file in Microsoft Excel. Click the "File" > "Export" > "Change File Type" > "CSV" to choose the CSV as your output format.

Microsoft Excel Export Change File Type

Step 4. Navigate to the folder where you'd like to save the file. Finally, click the "Save" button. The XML file is now saved as the CSV file.

3. FreeFileConvert

FreeFileConvert is a free online tool to convert document, image, audio, video, presentation, archive, e-Book, and font files from one format to another. With this simple converter, you can upload five files at the same time, but the total size of all files cannot exceed 300 MB. All files you upload to FreeFileConvert will be deleted automatically after 24 hours.

Step 1. Select the XML file to be converted to CSV. You can do this from the "File", "URL" or "Cloud" tab, depending on where the XML file is stored.

FreeFileConvert Choose File

Step 2. Click the drop-down icon to choose the CSV format as your output format.

FreeFileConvert Choose Output Format

Step 3. Select the "Convert" button to convert XML to CSV. Then you need to wait for the upload and conversion to complete. Click the "Download" button to download the CSV file.

4. CoolUtils

CoolUtils supports over 1,400 different file types, it offers solutions for every possible conversion need (audio, images, videos, emails, Excel, HTML, PDF, CAD, Outlook, and more). This converter supports more than a dozen different languages such as English, Spanish, German, French, and so on.

Step 1. Navigate to the XML to CSV tool.

Step 2. Click the "Select file" to upload the XML file to convert.

CoolUtils Select File

Step 3. Set convert options. Choose the CSV format as your output format then you can adjust the header or footer in this step.


Step 4. Click the "DOWNLOAD CONVERTED FILE" to get the CSV file.


"If you have complicated XML files, you can try their Total XML Converter. It is a desktop converter. However, you need to pay for this desktop software. With this converter, you can convert XML files in batch and get more accurate results with the more powerful engine."

5. Wondershare PDFelement

Wondershare PDFelement is a powerful desktop editing and conversion tool. The interface of this program is very intuitive. With this software, you can easily convert any PDF to and from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint without losing fonts and formatting. This software will protect the security of your file; it controls access to your file by applying password protection or permissions to restrict printing or copying.

Step 1. Right-click on the XML file and you will see the "Open With" command then choose WordPad application to open the XML file.

Windows WordPad Open XML File

Step 2. Go to the "Print" button to open the print dialog. Then select "Wondershare PDFelement" as the printer to be printed.

Windows WordPad Print

Step 3. Then the XML file will automatically open in Wondershare PDFelement. Go to the "Convert" tab, and then select the "To Excel" button to convert the XML to Excel format.

Wondershare PDFelement Convert To Excel

Step 4. Double click the converted Excel file to open the file in Microsoft Excel and click the "File" > "Save as" to choose CSV as your output format. Finally, click the "OK" button. Then you can convert the file to the CSV format successfully.


We have listed 5 methods to convert XML to CSV. The first five are online conversion tools. They are easy and convenient to use. If you want more functions like editing, you can use the Wondershare PDFelement to convert the file.

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