Create a graph out of an XML file


To create a graph out of an XML file, we used the yEd graph editor.
yEd is a desktop application that can be used to generate diagrams. It is free of charge (not FOSS) and runs on all major platforms: Windows, Unix/Linux, and Mac OS X.

For the following demo we used the latest release for GNU/Linux that was available at the time (yEd-3.17.1).

Usage Example

  1. Download yEd
  2. Extract it
  3. Navigate into the generated folder (e.g. if you used the attached version then the folder will be yed-3.17.1)
  4. Start the application using a JRE. In our case the command to start it was: java -jar yed.jar
  5. Click on the Open option (or go to File > Open... )
  6. Navigate to the XML file that you want to graph and click Open
  7. In the pop-up window for the drop-down named XSL File for then select the option XML-Tree and click Ok
  8. By now you should have your graph available to view/edit/export

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