Altova XMLSpy 2024 Enterprise Edition

Run Taxonomy Manager

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Graphical User Interface

You can access the GUI of Taxonomy Manager in any of the following ways:


During the installation of XMLSpy: Towards the end of the installation procedure, select the check box Invoke Altova Taxonomy Manager to access the XBRL Taxonomy Manager GUI straight away. This will enable you to install taxonomies during the installation process of your Altova application.

After the installation of XMLSpy: After your application has been installed, you can access the Taxonomy Manager GUI at any time, via the menu command Tools | XBRL Taxonomy Manager.

Via the .altova_taxonomies file downloaded from the Altova's XBRL Taxonomy Download Center: Double-click the downloaded file to run the Taxonomy Manager GUI, which will be set up to install the taxonomies you selected (at the website) for installation.


After the Taxonomy Manager GUI (screenshot below) has been opened, already installed taxonomies will be shown selected. If you want to install an additional taxonomy, select it. If you want to uninstall an already installed taxonomy, deselect it. After you have made your selections and/or deselections, you are ready to apply your changes. The taxonomies that will be installed or uninstalled will be highlighted and a message about the upcoming changes will be posted to the Messages pane at the bottom of the Taxonomy Manager window (see screenshot).

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Command line interface

You can run Taxonomy Manager from a command line interface by sending commands to its executable file, taxonomymanager.exe.


The taxonomymanager.exe file is located in the following folder:


On Windows: C:\ProgramData\Altova\SharedBetweenVersions

On Linux or macOS (server applications only): %INSTALLDIR%/bin, where %INSTALLDIR% is the program's installation directory.


You can then use any of the commands listed in the CLI command reference section.


To display help for the commands, run the following:


On Windows: taxonomymanager.exe --help

On Linux or macOS (server applications only): sudo ./taxonomymanager --help


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