I am currently learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and I am trying to find a XML editor in Illustrator so that I can see how the data changes when I manipulate something. I know that in Inkscape there is a XML editor as shown below:

XML Editor in Inkscape

Is there something similar in Illustrator?

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This is for Windows using Notepad++, but I assume also possible on a Mac with a text editor. Depending on the text editor, you may need to manually reload the file each time you make a change.

  1. Save your Illustrator document as an SVG (which is a kind of XML document), close the document, then open the SVG file Illustrator using File > Open

  2. Open the SVG file in a text editor. I used Notepad++ in Windows for this.

  3. When you make a change in the SVG in Illustrator, hit Ctrl+S to save.

  4. Click on the Notepad++ window and the application will prompt you to reload the file.


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  • Thank you, so an inbuilt editor does not come with Illustrator?
    – Pit R.
    Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 16:21
  • @PitR. There's no built in XML editor in Illustrator. Also note that unlike Inkscape, Illustrator's native file format is not SVG, so this is only a workaround.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 16:38
  • Ok thanks for the information.
    – Pit R.
    Commented Jun 8, 2020 at 17:55

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