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How to Create An XML File on Mac [Step by Step]

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

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Summary: This guide from iBoysoft offers you four main ways to create XML/.xml files on Mac. Using iBoysoft MagicMenu is the best choice for the efficiency of making an XML file on your Mac.

Summary of How to Create XML file on Mac

XML, or eXtensible Markup Language, is a markup language designed to store and transport data, which provides a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. XML is commonly used in various domains, such as web development, database management, and document storage.

If you can master the right tools and methods, knowing how to create XML files on a Mac can be a straightforward process, enabling your digital life smoother.

An overview of creating XML files on Mac

Before diving into the steps, let's have a look at the various methods available for creating XML files on Mac:

MethodsRecommend score and reason
Create XML files with iBoysoft MagicMenu     

(Direct creation with just a right click, high security, other useful file functions) 

Create XML files with TextEdit    

(Built-in app) 

Create XML files with Terminal  

(Command-line interface) 

Create XML files with online XML editors  

(No downloading)

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The best way to create XML files on Mac with iBoysoft MagicMenu

Among all the ways to create .xml files on Mac, if you need to make or create .xml files frequently, you are suggested to apply the convenient tool iBoysoft MagicMenu.

You will do many steps or operate the complicated and overloaded actions with other ways like TextEditTerminal, or online tools. However, iBoysoft MagicMenu can enhance and customize your right-click menu on Mac.

With iBoysoft Magic Menu, which supports creating various files such as .xml, .txt, .doc, .xls, and so on, you no longer need to change the extension in the name or type difficult commands to create new XML files. It really saves your time and improves your digital efficiency.

Here is how to create XML files on Mac with it:

  1. Free download, install, and launch iBoysoft MagicMenu
  2. Right-click anywhere empty on your desktop or the folder, then choose New File > XML. It will appear in the place you can see.
     create XML files on Mac with iBoysoft MagicMenu
  3. Click the XML file and open it.

Isn't so easy and convenient to create an XML file on Mac with iBoysoft MagicMenu? It also allows you to copy and move files, remove useless apps, delete duplicate photos and files...Have a try of iBoysoft MagicMenu!

Create XML files on Mac with TextEdit

There are multiple methods at your disposal to create an XML file on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Mac models. You have the flexibility to choose the approach that suits your preference.

One of the simplest ways most Mac users will use to create XML files on Mac is by using the built-in TextEdit application, which can create a plain text file on Mac and owns so many functions. Just follow these steps:

  1. Launchpad > Others > TextEdit. (Or Finder > Applications > TextEdit.) 
  2. Select Format from the top menu and choose Make Plain Text
  3. Edit your XML file. 
  4. Select File > Save, change the extension to .xml and confirm Use .XML
     how to create XML files on Mac with TextEdit

Create XML files on Mac with Terminal

For users comfortable with the command line, the Mac built-in Terminal offers a powerful method. But you'd better pay attention to using commands, for some mistakes will cause irretrievable consequences.

  1. Launchpad > Others > Terminal. (Or Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal.) 
  2. Type cd~/ directory. ( The directory is where you want to create the XML files.) 
  3. Type nano filename.xml or vi filename.xml.
  4. Enter XML content in the Terminal window.
     how to create XML files on Mac with Terminal
  5. Press Control and 0 keys for nano command; Press Control and w keys for vi command to save to file. 
  6. Type Control and X keys for nano command; Press Control and q keys for vi command to exit. (Or you can follow the command shown at the bottom)
  7. Verify the file that has been created by listing the files in the directory. 

Create XML files on Mac with online XML editors

There are various online XML editors available that allow you to create and edit XML files on Mac directly in your web browser without downloading any other applications. You can follow the steps below:

  1. Type online XML editor in your browser. 
  2. Choose one you like and open it. 
  3. Edit your XML file, you can upload or import the content from the file. 
  4. Choose the Save button in the window and select your wanted location. 
     how to create XML files on Mac with online XML editors

If you have created .xml files on Mac with these methods, why not share them?


Final word

Reading here, you must learn how to create XML files on Mac in 4 ways. Considering the convenience and cost-effectiveness, using the software iBoysoft MagicMenu is the best choice. Hope you can have a better experience when creating .xml files on Mac!