EDXML Software Development Kit

The EDXML software development kit provides all the necessary components to generate and process EDXML data.
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It is recommended to read the introduction to EDXML first, in case you have not done so yet.

Getting Started

The SDK is written in Python and can be installed using pip:

pip install edxml Successfully installed edxml

The documentation of the SDK can be found at The commandline utilities that are part of the SDK demonstrate various use cases. Experimenting with the source code of these utilities is a nice way to get familiar with the APIs.

Note that the SDK and the documentation assume basic knowledge the EDXML specification.


Transcoders are software components that parse data records from some data source and transform them into EDXML events. Transcoders are designed to be shared and combined to correlate the information produced by multiple transcoders.

The SDK contains a generic base implementation that you can extend to create a transcoder for a specific type of input data.Transcoding complex data sources can be simplified by splitting the transcoder in multiple record transcoders while the SDK takes care of routing input records to the correct record transcoder.

Schema showing how an EDXML transcoder transforms input records into output events

The above graphic illustrates the process. Data records enter from the left. The transcoder implementation of the SDK routes the records to the record transcoders. The resulting ontology and event data is output at the right.

The SDK contains a test harness to ease writing unit tests for your transcoders.

Stream Processing

The parsers, validators and generators included in the SDK are incremental. This means that processing large volumes of EDXML data can be done efficiently. Also, near real time processing of continuous, live EDXML data streams is readily supported.


Built on the excellent lxml library, the SDK shows decent performance. Generating data can be done at speeds of up to 10,000 events per second, parsing speeds can reach about 19,000 events per second. Both of these figures are measured using a single thread at an Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4600U CPU.


A small collection of commandline utilities is included that aid application development.

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