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Formats XML document.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server FileMaker iOS SDK
XML 6.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MBS( "XML.Format"; XML { ; Flags } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
XML The XML to process.
Can be XML as text or the reference returned by XML.Parse function, so you can make several times changes to the XML without parsing it each time.
Flags Various Flags.
Add 1 to ignore errors in xml and continue parsing. This may lead to not everything in the xml being read.
Add 8 to remove all namespaces before query to have queries easier. (new in 6.3)
0 Optional


Returns XML or error.


Formats XML document.
Adds intention and new line characters to format XML for showing too human.
See also XML.Compact to reverse the formatting.


Format the document:

MBS("XML.Format"; Canonical XML::Input XML; 1)

Format removing namespace:

MBS( "XML.Format"; "<cfdi:Invoice invoiceTotal=\"450.24\"> </cfdi:Invoice>" ; 8)

Check if XML is valid:

MBS( "XML.Format"; "<hello></Hello>";0 )

Example result: [MBS] Failed to parse XML: Opening and ending tag mismatch: hello line 1 and Hello

See also

Example Databases

Blog Entries

FileMaker Magazin

Release notes

  • Version 7.5
    • Improved XML.Format function and xml parsing to better handle blank areas.

Created 20th May 2016, last changed 10th May 2020

XML.ExtractText   -   XML.GetAttribute

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