How to generate sample XML documents from their DTD or XSD?

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In Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and later the XML Schema Explorer can create an XML document with some basic sample data:

  1. Open your XSD document
  2. Switch to XML Schema Explorer
  3. Right click the root node and choose "Generate Sample Xml"

Screenshot of the XML Schema Explorer

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In recent versions of the free and open source Eclipse IDE you can generate XML documents from DTD and XSD files. Right-click on a given *.dtd or *.xsd file and select "Generate -> XML File...". You can choose which root element to generate and whether optional attributes and elements should be generated.

Of course you can use Eclipse to create and edit your DTD and XSD schema files, too. And you don't need to install any plugins. It is included in the standard distribution.

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For Intellij Idea users:

Have a look at Tools -> XML Actions

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Seems to work very well (as far as I have tested).


As mentioned by @naXa, you can now also right-click on the XSD file and click "Generate XML Document from XSD Schema..."

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I think Oxygen ( does it as well, but that's another commerical product. It's a nice one, though... I'd strongly recommend it for anyone doing a lot of XML work. It comes in a nice Eclipse plugin, too.

I do believe there is a free, fully-featured 30 day trial.

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The camprocessor available on will do xml test case generation for any XSD. There is a tutorial available to show you how to generate your own test examples - including using content hints to ensure realistic examples, not just random junk ones.

The tutorial is available here:

And more information on the tool - which is using the OASIS Content Assembly Mechanism (CAM) standard to refactor your XSD into a more XSLT friendly structure - can be found from the resource website -

Enjoy, DW

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