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KissXML was inspired by the TouchXML project, but it was created to add full support for generating XML as well as supporting the entire NSXML API. KissXML is a good approach for parsing xml data, and the x-path functionallity makes it more powerful, you could also use NSXMLParser, it’s not bad but it’s very very slow and it uses lots of memory.

Creating Template Project

  • Download source codes form here
  • create a new View-Based Application project in xcode and name it: KissXML
  • in your project create a new group, name it DDXML
  • inside this group add NSStringAdditions.h, NSStringAdditions.m and all the files starting with DDXML (excluding DDXMLTesting.h and DDXMLTesting.m) at the end you got something like this:

  • click Project -> Edit Project Settings.
  • click build tab.
  • add this to your compiler instructions Other Linker Flags = -lxml2 Header Search Paths = /usr/include/libxml2

Testing KissXML

add the sample XML file to your project, you can find it here

import DDXML in to kissXMLViewController.h

#import "DDXML.h"

now go to kissXMLViewController.m and replace all the code with this:

//  kissXMLViewController.m
//  kissXML

#import "kissXMLViewController.h"

// Private methods
@interface kissXMLViewController ()

@implementation kissXMLViewController

// The designated initializer. Override to perform setup that is required before the view is loaded.
- (id)initWithNibName:(NSString *)nibNameOrNil bundle:(NSBundle *)nibBundleOrNil {
    if ((self = [super initWithNibName:nibNameOrNil bundle:nibBundleOrNil])) {
        // Custom initialization
    return self;

// Implement loadView to create a view hierarchy programmatically, without using a nib.
- (void)loadView {

// Implement viewDidLoad to do additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.
- (void)viewDidLoad {

    [super viewDidLoad];
    NSError *error;
    NSString *content = [NSString stringWithContentsOfFile:[[NSBundle mainBundle] pathForResource:@"bookstore" ofType:@"xml"] encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding error:&error;];
    [self parseXML:content];

-(void)parseXML:(NSString*)source {

    NSError *error = nil;
    DDXMLDocument *theDocument = [[DDXMLDocument alloc] initWithXMLString:source options:0 error:&error;];

    NSArray *results = [theDocument nodesForXPath:@"/bookstore/book[price>35]" error:&error;];

    for (DDXMLElement *book in results) {


        NSString *category = [[book attributeForName:@"category"] stringValue];


        for (int i = 0; i < [book childCount]; i++) {
            DDXMLNode *node = [book childAtIndex:i];
            NSString *name = [node name];
            NSString *value = [node stringValue];

// Override to allow orientations other than the default portrait orientation.
- (BOOL)shouldAutorotateToInterfaceOrientation:(UIInterfaceOrientation)interfaceOrientation {
    // Return YES for supported orientations
    return (interfaceOrientation == UIInterfaceOrientationPortrait);

- (void)didReceiveMemoryWarning {
    // Releases the view if it doesn't have a superview.
    [super didReceiveMemoryWarning];

    // Release any cached data, images, etc that aren't in use.

- (void)viewDidUnload {
    // Release any retained subviews of the main view.
    // e.g. self.myOutlet = nil;

- (void)dealloc {
    [super dealloc];


when you compile and run, you should see something like this:

[Session started at 2010-11-04 12:29:11 -0600.]
2010-11-04 12:29:12.418 kissXML[1619:207] -----------
2010-11-04 12:29:12.420 kissXML[1619:207] category:WEB
2010-11-04 12:29:12.421 kissXML[1619:207] title:XQuery Kick Start
2010-11-04 12:29:12.422 kissXML[1619:207] author:James McGovern
2010-11-04 12:29:12.423 kissXML[1619:207] author:Per Bothner
2010-11-04 12:29:12.424 kissXML[1619:207] author:Kurt Cagle
2010-11-04 12:29:12.426 kissXML[1619:207] author:James Linn
2010-11-04 12:29:12.428 kissXML[1619:207] author:Vaidyanathan Nagarajan
2010-11-04 12:29:12.429 kissXML[1619:207] year:2003
2010-11-04 12:29:12.430 kissXML[1619:207] price:49.99
2010-11-04 12:29:12.432 kissXML[1619:207] -----------
2010-11-04 12:29:12.432 kissXML[1619:207] category:WEB
2010-11-04 12:29:12.433 kissXML[1619:207] title:Learning XML
2010-11-04 12:29:12.433 kissXML[1619:207] author:Erik T. Ray
2010-11-04 12:29:12.434 kissXML[1619:207] year:2003
2010-11-04 12:29:12.435 kissXML[1619:207] price:39.95

as you can see, it’s very simple  setting up your project to get it work with KissXML if you want to learn more about x-path you can go to: there are great tutororials about it.