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How can I use QuickLook to check out XML file? I just want to quickly check out the contents of a file and don't have to open it in a format that can be subsequently modified, such as in TextEdit or Vim or whatever other editors out there. I even don't like to open it in Xcode using drag and drop - just want to push Space and glance at the contents there.

And it looks like QLStephen doesn't support XML/plist files. So is there any alternative way to glance at it from QuickLook?

I use OS X 10.9.2.

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When installing Textmate 2 you get QuickLook support for a bunch of data files including XML, Json etc.

  • Does this work in Mavericks too? I just installed it, was able to open the App, but still cannot open XML files from QuickLook... – Blaszard Mar 17 '14 at 9:41
  • Yep, i'm running it in Mavericks. Did you make TextMate your default App to open XML ? – Matthieu Riegler Mar 17 '14 at 9:47
  • Just make it the default app but still cannot open. Also, I don't like the idea of setting it as default. Do you use QLStephen? I wonder if it conflicts with TextMate... – Blaszard Mar 17 '14 at 10:07
  • After I installed QLColorCode, for some reasons it worked. Ditching TextMate being default editor still works. – Blaszard Mar 17 '14 at 21:53
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CED Lecca's ColorXML QuickLook appears to offer what you need. I am not sure if it works with OS X 10.9.

ColorXML QuickLook

Brian Oliver's article, OS X Leopard: Extending Quick Look to support XML, links to other sources for useful QuickLook plug-ins.

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    I also recommend QLColorCode to color syntax other files aside XML: code.google.com/p/qlcolorcode – sayzlim Mar 17 '14 at 9:34
  • Installed it and executed qlmanage -r to reload QuickLook settings, but it didn't work in my case. Also rebooted but still not working... – Blaszard Mar 17 '14 at 9:58

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