XML Schema Editor in NetBeans IDE 7.0.1

Do you need a visual XML schema editor in NetBeans IDE 7.0.1? Here's how:

  1. Go to Tools | Plugins in NetBeans IDE 7.0.1. In the Settings tab, register this update center:


  2. Now go to the Available Plugins tab and search for XML Tools. Install that plugin.

  3. And now you have a pretty cool XML schema editor. Go to the New File dialog and pick an XML schema file:

    You'll see a multiview editor with visual support for editing XML schema files:

Note, however, that the XML schema editor is part of the archived SOA Tools, so you can't file issues against this tool, since there is no longer support for it. Still, it seems to work fine, at least, on first trying it, so give it a try.






Would you please add it to the list of plugins at plugins.netbeans.org so that it's easy to find?

Note: I do see that there is already a plugin there called 'XML Tools' - but going by the description, it appears that it is a different thing.

If that's true, wow will that work out? Can two different plugins have the same name?

Best Regards,

Posted by Peter Belbin on August 24, 2011 at 04:33 AM PDT #

Yup , remember this one was a great plugin. Used it with the open-esb ,would be good to have it have a core feature

Posted by Ashok Nanda on August 25, 2011 at 11:01 PM PDT #

Incredible that Netbeans doesn't have this functionality out of the box. Only dtd is supported. Really old-fashioned ...

Posted by guest on October 27, 2011 at 05:26 PM PDT #

Thank you. Good tip.
Could you please recommend how to turn on XSLT schema editor code completion?

Posted by guest on November 13, 2011 at 08:52 AM PST #

Thanks for posting this! I've been looking for a NetBeans 7 version of this plugin for a long time. All the threads I've come across so far have pointed me to dead ends.

I did have to try to install it several times, since the install process kept hanging. However, it eventually worked.

Posted by Mark McKay on December 28, 2011 at 05:50 PM PST #

thanks !

This deserves to be documented :D


Posted by Fredy Bello on March 21, 2012 at 08:06 AM PDT #

Thanks for bringing this one back.

Posted by Ed Burns on April 06, 2012 at 02:56 AM PDT #

I'm shocked this tool is not mentioned anywhere on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Schema_Editor. Its a shame that such a useful and highly polished plugin is not still shipped with the normal distro. Thank you so much for this post! You have made my world so much easier ;)

Posted by guest on September 11, 2012 at 07:31 PM PDT #

Ditto the first comment -- it took a while to track this down! Looking forward to using this in my netxt Netbeans adventure! Your blogs are super!

Posted by MzK on October 29, 2013 at 05:08 PM PDT #

Wow, great tool. Why is this not available in the standard NB plugin catalog?


Posted by guest on December 09, 2015 at 01:42 AM PST #

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