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Extensible Markup Language (aka XML) és un conjunt de normes per codificar documents en un format llegible per a màquines i és un format popular per compartir dades per Internet. Els llocs web que actualitzen continguts habitualment com els blogs, sovint proveïxen fitxers XML (vegeu [[[RSS]]) també coneguts com a feeds XML per tal que programes externs puguin accedir a aquestes dades.

Escollir un Parser

Android recomana XmlPullParser. Per raons històriques hi ha 2 implementacions de la interfície:

KXmlParser via XmlPullParserFactory.newPullParser().


ExpatPullParser, via Xml.newPullParser().

Qualsevol de les dos opcions és correcte.

Analitzant el Feed

El primer que cal fer és analitzar sintàcticament (en anglès to parse o parsing). Un parser extreu les dades del fitxer XML.

Vegem un exemple de fitxer XML:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> 
<feed xmlns="" xmlns:creativeCommons="" ...">     
<title type="text">newest questions tagged android - Stack Overflow</title>
        <re:rank scheme="">0</re:rank>
        <title type="text">Where is my data file?</title>
        <category scheme="" term="android"/>
        <category scheme="" term="file"/>
        <link rel="alternate" href="" />
        <summary type="html">
            <p>I have an Application that requires a data file...</p>


Ara cal crear el parser i recorre el fitxer XML amb el mètode nextTag():

public class StackOverflowXmlParser {
    // We don't use namespaces
    private static final String ns = null;
    public List parse(InputStream in) throws XmlPullParserException, IOException {
        try {
            XmlPullParser parser = Xml.newPullParser();
            parser.setFeature(XmlPullParser.FEATURE_PROCESS_NAMESPACES, false);
            parser.setInput(in, null);
            return readFeed(parser);
        } finally {

Al següent apartat veurem un exemple de readFeed.

Llegir el Feed

El mètode readFeed() a l'exemple és el que realment fa la feina. Vegem un exemple que extrau els elements etiquetats com a entry i els posa a una llista:

private List readFeed(XmlPullParser parser) throws XmlPullParserException, IOException {
    List entries = new ArrayList();

    parser.require(XmlPullParser.START_TAG, ns, "feed");
    while ( != XmlPullParser.END_TAG) {
        if (parser.getEventType() != XmlPullParser.START_TAG) {
        String name = parser.getName();
        // Starts by looking for the entry tag
        if (name.equals("entry")) {
        } else {
    return entries;

Parse XML

As described in Analyze the Feed, identify the tags you want to include in your app. This example extracts data for the entry tag and its nested tags title, link, and summary.

Cal crear els següents mètodes:

  • A "read" method for each tag you're interested in. For example, readEntry(), readTitle(), and so on. The parser reads tags from the input stream. When it encounters a tag named entry, title, link or summary, it calls the appropriate method for that tag. Otherwise, it skips the tag.

Methods to extract data for each different type of tag and to advance the parser to the next tag. For example:

  • For the title and summary tags, the parser calls readText(). This method extracts data for these tags by calling parser.getText().
  • For the link tag, the parser extracts data for links by first determining if the link is the kind it's interested in. Then it uses parser.getAttributeValue() to extract the link's value.
  • For the entry tag, the parser calls readEntry(). This method parses the entry's nested tags and returns an Entry object with the data members title, link, and summary.
  • A helper skip() method that's recursive. For more discussion of this topic, see Skip Tags You Don't Care About.

Vegem un exemple:

public static class Entry {
    public final String title;
    public final String link;
    public final String summary;

    private Entry(String title, String summary, String link) {
        this.title = title;
        this.summary = summary; = link;
// Parses the contents of an entry. If it encounters a title, summary, or link tag, hands them off
// to their respective "read" methods for processing. Otherwise, skips the tag.
private Entry readEntry(XmlPullParser parser) throws XmlPullParserException, IOException {
    parser.require(XmlPullParser.START_TAG, ns, "entry");
    String title = null;
    String summary = null;
    String link = null;
    while ( != XmlPullParser.END_TAG) {
        if (parser.getEventType() != XmlPullParser.START_TAG) {
        String name = parser.getName();
        if (name.equals("title")) {
            title = readTitle(parser);
        } else if (name.equals("summary")) {
            summary = readSummary(parser);
        } else if (name.equals("link")) {
            link = readLink(parser);
        } else {
    return new Entry(title, summary, link);

// Processes title tags in the feed.
private String readTitle(XmlPullParser parser) throws IOException, XmlPullParserException {
    parser.require(XmlPullParser.START_TAG, ns, "title");
    String title = readText(parser);
    parser.require(XmlPullParser.END_TAG, ns, "title");
    return title;
// Processes link tags in the feed.
private String readLink(XmlPullParser parser) throws IOException, XmlPullParserException {
    String link = "";
    parser.require(XmlPullParser.START_TAG, ns, "link");
    String tag = parser.getName();
    String relType = parser.getAttributeValue(null, "rel");  
    if (tag.equals("link")) {
        if (relType.equals("alternate")){
            link = parser.getAttributeValue(null, "href");
    parser.require(XmlPullParser.END_TAG, ns, "link");
    return link;

// Processes summary tags in the feed.
private String readSummary(XmlPullParser parser) throws IOException, XmlPullParserException {
    parser.require(XmlPullParser.START_TAG, ns, "summary");
    String summary = readText(parser);
    parser.require(XmlPullParser.END_TAG, ns, "summary");
    return summary;

// For the tags title and summary, extracts their text values.
private String readText(XmlPullParser parser) throws IOException, XmlPullParserException {
    String result = "";
    if ( == XmlPullParser.TEXT) {
        result = parser.getText();
    return result;

Saltar-se (skip) les etiquetes que no interesen

One of the steps in the XML parsing described above is for the parser to skip tags it's not interested in. Here is the parser's skip() method:

private void skip(XmlPullParser parser) throws XmlPullParserException, IOException {
    if (parser.getEventType() != XmlPullParser.START_TAG) {
        throw new IllegalStateException();
    int depth = 1;
    while (depth != 0) {
        switch ( {
        case XmlPullParser.END_TAG:
        case XmlPullParser.START_TAG:

This is how it works:

  • It throws an exception if the current event isn't a START_TAG.
  • It consumes the START_TAG, and all events up to and including the matching END_TAG.
  • To make sure that it stops at the correct END_TAG and not at the first tag it encounters after the original START_TAG, it keeps track of the nesting depth.

Thus if the current element has nested elements, the value of depth won't be 0 until the parser has consumed all events between the original START_TAG and its matching END_TAG. For example, consider how the parser skips the <author> element, which has 2 nested elements, <name> and <uri>:

  • The first time through the while loop, the next tag the parser encounters after <author> is the START_TAG for <name>. The value for depth is incremented to 2.
  • The second time through the while loop, the next tag the parser encounters is the END_TAG </name>. The value for depth is decremented to 1.
  • The third time through the while loop, the next tag the parser encounters is the START_TAG <uri>. The value for depth is incremented to 2.
  • The fourth time through the while loop, the next tag the parser encounters is the END_TAG </uri>. The value for depth is decremented to 1.
  • The fifth time and final time through the while loop, the next tag the parser encounters is the END_TAG </author>. The value for depth is decremented to 0, indicating that the <author> element has been successfully skipped.

Exemple complet obtenint el fitxer XML des de la xarxa

The example application fetches and parses the XML feed within an AsyncTask. This takes the processing off the main UI thread. When processing is complete, the app updates the UI in the main activity (NetworkActivity).

In the excerpt shown below, the loadPage() method does the following:

   Initializes a string variable with the URL for the XML feed.
   If the user's settings and the network connection allow it, invokes new DownloadXmlTask().execute(url). This instantiates a new DownloadXmlTask object (AsyncTask subclass) and runs its execute() method, which downloads and parses the feed and returns a string result to be displayed in the UI.
public class NetworkActivity extends Activity {
    public static final String WIFI = "Wi-Fi";
    public static final String ANY = "Any";
    private static final String URL = "";
    // Whether there is a Wi-Fi connection.
    private static boolean wifiConnected = false; 
    // Whether there is a mobile connection.
    private static boolean mobileConnected = false;
    // Whether the display should be refreshed.
    public static boolean refreshDisplay = true; 
    public static String sPref = null;

    // Uses AsyncTask to download the XML feed from
    public void loadPage() {  
        if((sPref.equals(ANY)) && (wifiConnected || mobileConnected)) {
            new DownloadXmlTask().execute(URL);
        else if ((sPref.equals(WIFI)) && (wifiConnected)) {
            new DownloadXmlTask().execute(URL);
        } else {
            // show error

The AsyncTask subclass shown below, DownloadXmlTask, implements the following AsyncTask methods:

doInBackground() executes the method loadXmlFromNetwork(). It passes the feed URL as a parameter. The method loadXmlFromNetwork() fetches and processes the feed. When it finishes, it passes back a result string.
onPostExecute() takes the returned string and displays it in the UI.
// Implementation of AsyncTask used to download XML feed from
private class DownloadXmlTask extends AsyncTask<String, Void, String> {
    protected String doInBackground(String... urls) {
        try {
            return loadXmlFromNetwork(urls[0]);
        } catch (IOException e) {
            return getResources().getString(R.string.connection_error);
        } catch (XmlPullParserException e) {
            return getResources().getString(R.string.xml_error);

    protected void onPostExecute(String result) {  
        // Displays the HTML string in the UI via a WebView
        WebView myW class="brush:java"ebView = (WebView) findViewById(;
        myWebView.loadData(result, "text/html", null);

Below is the method loadXmlFromNetwork() that is invoked from DownloadXmlTask. It does the following:

   Instantiates a StackOverflowXmlParser. It also creates variables for a List of Entry objects (entries), and title, url, and summary, to hold the values extracted from the XML feed for those fields.
   Calls downloadUrl(), which fetches the feed and returns it as an InputStream.
   Uses StackOverflowXmlParser to parse the InputStream. StackOverflowXmlParser populates a List of entries with data from the feed.
   Processes the entries List, and combines the feed data with HTML markup.
   Returns an HTML string that is displayed in the main activity UI by the AsyncTask method onPostExecute().
// Uploads XML from, parses it, and combines it with
// HTML markup. Returns HTML string.
private String loadXmlFromNetwork(String urlString) throws XmlPullParserException, IOException {
    InputStream stream = null;
    // Instantiate the parser
    StackOverflowXmlParser stackOverflowXmlParser = new StackOverflowXmlParser();
    List<Entry> entries = null;
    String title = null;
    String url = null;
    String summary = null;
    Calendar rightNow = Calendar.getInstance(); 
    DateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MMM dd h:mmaa");
    // Checks whether the user set the preference to include summary text
    SharedPreferences sharedPrefs = PreferenceManager.getDefaultSharedPreferences(this);
    boolean pref = sharedPrefs.getBoolean("summaryPref", false);
    StringBuilder htmlString = new StringBuilder();
    htmlString.append("<h3>" + getResources().getString(R.string.page_title) + "</h3>");
    htmlString.append("<em>" + getResources().getString(R.string.updated) + " " + 
            formatter.format(rightNow.getTime()) + "</em>");
    try {
        stream = downloadUrl(urlString);        
        entries = stackOverflowXmlParser.parse(stream);
    // Makes sure that the InputStream is closed after the app is
    // finished using it.
    } finally {
        if (stream != null) {
    // StackOverflowXmlParser returns a List (called "entries") of Entry objects.
    // Each Entry object represents a single post in the XML feed.
    // This section processes the entries list to combine each entry with HTML markup.
    // Each entry is displayed in the UI as a link that optionally includes
    // a text summary.
    for (Entry entry : entries) {       
        htmlString.append("<p><a href='");
        htmlString.append("'>" + entry.title + "</a></p>");
        // If the user set the preference to include summary text,
        // adds it to the display.
        if (pref) {
    return htmlString.toString();

// Given a string representation of a URL, sets up a connection and gets
// an input stream.
private InputStream downloadUrl(String urlString) throws IOException {
    URL url = new URL(urlString);
    HttpURLConnection conn = (HttpURLConnection) url.openConnection();
    conn.setReadTimeout(10000 /* milliseconds */);
    conn.setConnectTimeout(15000 /* milliseconds */);
    // Starts the query
    return conn.getInputStream();




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