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How to validate XML against XSD in Java

Published on August 3, 2022
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How to validate XML against XSD in Java

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Java XML Validation API can be used to validate XML against XSD in java program. javax.xml.validation.Validator class is used in this program to validate xml against xsd in java.

Validate XML against XSD

Validate XML against XSD java, java xml validation, xsd validator java Here are the sample XSD and XML files used. Employee.xsd

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<schema xmlns="https://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" 
xmlns:empns="https://www.journaldev.com/Employee" elementFormDefault="qualified">

	<element name="empRequest" type="empns:empRequest"></element>
	<element name="empResponse" type="empns:empResponse"></element>

	<complexType name="empRequest">
			<element name="id" type="int"></element>
	<complexType name="empResponse">
			<element name="id" type="int"></element>
			<element name="role" type="string"></element>
			<element name="fullName" type="string"></element>

Notice that above XSD contains two root element and namespace also, I have created two sample XML file from XSD using Eclipse. EmployeeRequest.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<empns:empRequest xmlns:empns="https://www.journaldev.com/Employee" xmlns:xsi="https://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="https://www.journaldev.com/Employee Employee.xsd ">


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<empns:empResponse xmlns:empns="https://www.journaldev.com/Employee" xmlns:xsi="https://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="https://www.journaldev.com/Employee Employee.xsd ">
  <empns:fullName>Pankaj Kumar</empns:fullName>

Here is another XML file that doesn’t confirms to the Employee.xsd. employee.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
	<role>Java Developer</role>

Here is the program that is used to validate all three XML files against the XSD. The validateXMLSchema method takes XSD and XML file as argument and return true if validation is successful or else returns false. XMLValidation.java

package com.journaldev.xml;

import java.io.File;
import java.io.IOException;

import javax.xml.XMLConstants;
import javax.xml.transform.stream.StreamSource;
import javax.xml.validation.Schema;
import javax.xml.validation.SchemaFactory;
import javax.xml.validation.Validator;

import org.xml.sax.SAXException;

public class XMLValidation {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
      System.out.println("EmployeeRequest.xml validates against Employee.xsd? "+validateXMLSchema("Employee.xsd", "EmployeeRequest.xml"));
      System.out.println("EmployeeResponse.xml validates against Employee.xsd? "+validateXMLSchema("Employee.xsd", "EmployeeResponse.xml"));
      System.out.println("employee.xml validates against Employee.xsd? "+validateXMLSchema("Employee.xsd", "employee.xml"));
    public static boolean validateXMLSchema(String xsdPath, String xmlPath){
        try {
            SchemaFactory factory = 
            Schema schema = factory.newSchema(new File(xsdPath));
            Validator validator = schema.newValidator();
            validator.validate(new StreamSource(new File(xmlPath)));
        } catch (IOException | SAXException e) {
            System.out.println("Exception: "+e.getMessage());
            return false;
        return true;

Output of the above program is:

EmployeeRequest.xml validates against Employee.xsd? true
EmployeeResponse.xml validates against Employee.xsd? true
Exception: cvc-elt.1: Cannot find the declaration of element 'Employee'.
employee.xml validates against Employee.xsd? false

The benefit of using Java XML validation API is that we don’t need to parse the file and there is no third party APIs used.

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very good article. thanks

- afsarnamak

    Hello Pankaj, This is really a good example, but the problem is the source passed to validator becomes locked. Delete operation on same file fails with exception. Could you please suggest a way out?

    - Goutam Bhattacharya

      Is there any validation for Datamatrix string content. I mean is there a standard combined validation with two pass? In the first pass is the decoding of Datamatrix content 2nd pass: is a schema validation .

      - Tóth Mihály

        How can I validate the XML file if the schemaLocation is provided in the file tags. Thanks in advance.

        - Sai

          This validation works fine field by field in top down approach like field1 comes first and field2 next,if both fields are invalid as per XSD then error will be thrown for only field1. I really appreciate if u can share how to validate whole XML against XSD in one shot so that all the errors will be thrown in a single response.

          - vinay

            what changes to make in the xsd so that the Employee.xml is valid

            - Kannan.S

              Hi all, Please help me with this following scenario 1 multilevel XSD(parent child) with 1 XML Please give me example… Thanks in Advance

              - ss

                Hi Pankaj, I am having a situation where I will get some data from a Stream at run time and I need to convert it into XML by performing some general validations. I am not having any xsd ot xslt. Can you provide some pointers on the same. Thanks, Himanshu

                - Himanshu

                  Hi, I’m stuck here: SchemaFactory factory = SchemaFactory.newInstance(XMLConstants.W3C_XML_SCHEMA_NS_URI); Exception Ljava/lang/ExceptionInInitializerError; thrown while initializing Lorg/apache/xerces/impl/xs/SchemaGrammar; Exception Ljava/lang/ExceptionInInitializerError; thrown while initializing Lorg/apache/xerces/impl/xs/XSConstraints; java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: https://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema Can you help me please? I’m using Android Studio 1.2.2, jdk 1.8, android 4.4.2 https://stackoverflow.com/questions/31075984/android-xml-validation-using-xsd-both-xerces-and-schemafactory-error

                  - MAI

                    How to create the xsd in the first place. Any tools (or Eclipse menu option)available to create the xsd from xml? Thank you Suresh Kumar

                    - Suresh