quick-xml 0.1.6

High performance xml reader and writer


Build Status Crate

High performance xml pull reader/writer.

Inspired by xml-rs.




quick-xml = "0.1"
extern crate quick_xml;



use quick_xml::{XmlReader, Event};

let xml = r#"<tag1 att1 = "test">
                <tag2><!--Test comment-->Test</tag2>
                    Test 2
let reader = XmlReader::from_str(xml).trim_text(true);
let mut count = 0;
let mut txt = Vec::new();
for r in reader {
    match r {
        Ok(Event::Start(ref e)) => {
            match e.name() {
                b"tag1" => println!("attributes values: {:?}", 
                                 e.attributes().map(|a| a.unwrap().1).collect::<Vec<_>>()),
                b"tag2" => count += 1,
                _ => (),
        Ok(Event::Text(e)) => txt.push(e.into_string()),
        Err((e, pos)) => panic!("{:?} at buffer position {}", e, pos),
        _ => (),


use quick_xml::{AsStr, Element, Event, XmlReader, XmlWriter};
use quick_xml::Event::*;
use std::io::Cursor;
use std::iter;

let xml = r#"<this_tag k1="v1" k2="v2"><child>text</child></this_tag>"#;
let reader = XmlReader::from_str(xml).trim_text(true);
let mut writer = XmlWriter::new(Cursor::new(Vec::new()));
for r in reader {
    match r {
        Ok(Event::Start(ref e)) if e.name() == b"this_tag" => {
            // collect existing attributes
            let mut attrs = e.attributes().map(|attr| attr.unwrap()).collect::<Vec<_>>();

            // copy existing attributes, adds a new my-key="some value" attribute
            let mut elem = Element::new("my_elem").with_attributes(attrs);
            elem.push_attribute(b"my-key", "some value");

            // writes the event to the writer
        Ok(Event::End(ref e)) if e.name() == b"this_tag" => {
        Ok(e) => assert!(writer.write(e).is_ok()),
        Err((e, pos)) => panic!("{:?} at buffer position {}", e, pos),

let result = writer.into_inner().into_inner();
let expected = r#"<my_elem k1="v1" k2="v2" my-key="some value"><child>text</child></my_elem>"#;
assert_eq!(result, expected.as_bytes());

Current state

quick-xml has been written to be fast.

On my first tests (200mb+ xmls) it performs much better (minimum 10x) than xml-rs.

While this is a still WIP and only basic xml specifications are implemented, you can already use it for simple enough xmls (no namespaces, no exotic characters etc ...).

This is particularly true when the xml is generated by a known source (e.g. OpenStreetMap).


There are many xml specifications not implemented yet:

  • namespaces
  • non-utf8
  • parse xml declaration
  • XQueries
  • more checks
  • ... and many other things I don't even know!


Any PR is welcomed!