How to parse xml in php [Explained with code]

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In our previous tutorial, we explained about converting database records to XML. This post is a continuation of it wherein we’ll parse the generated xml file and retrieve data from it.

Parsing XML is easy by using the two functions provided by SimpleXMLElement php class.

After we parse the XML file, we can save data to database or use it wherever we want.

Here is the XML file ‘myxml1.php’ that we’ll parse,

parse xml file using php

PHP code for parsing XML


$parse_xml = simplexml_load_file("myxml1.xml");

echo "<div style='font-family:Tahoma;font-size:12px;'><strong>These are the ".$root . " with id and level names: </strong><br /><br />";

foreach($parse_xml->children() as $child)
echo "<p style='margin-left:20px;border-left:2px solid orange;padding:5px;font-family:Tahoma;font-size:12px;'>";
 foreach($child->children() as $subchild)
 echo $subchild->getName() . ": " . $subchild . "<br />";
echo "</p></div>";


  1. First we load the XML file ‘myxml1.xml’ for parsing and save in variable $prase_xml as string.
  2. Next we call getName() function of SimpleXMLElement php class to get the name of root element.
  3. Then we call the children() function to loop through the child and sub-child nodes of the loaded XML file.
  4. We add some styling to our parsed XML data. Here is how it’ll look like after executing the above php code,

    parse xml using php code

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