New in RaptorXML Server 2021

Version 2021 of Altova RaptorXML Server was released on October 14, 2020. Learn about all the new features below and update to the latest version.

October 14, 2020RaptorXMLRaptorXML+XBRL
XBRL Taxonomy Manager
COVID-19 related XBRL taxonomy updates
Extended .NET API
New Altova extension functions to retrieve schema-related info

XBRL Taxonomy Manager

Customers using RaptorXML+XBRL Server for XBRL processing often require validation based on a variety of different taxonomies and taxonomy versions. Altova has long included a host of most popular XBRL Taxonomies in its software installers, as well as providing additional options in a separate, free installer.

Given the ever-increasing volume of possible taxonomy choices and frequent updates, we have now streamlined this process with a convenient XBRL Taxonomy Manager that provides a centralized way to install and manage XBRL taxonomies for use across on RaptorXML+XBRL Server and all Altova XBRL-enabled applications.

On Windows, the XBRL Taxonomy Manager has a graphical user interface and is also available at the command line. On Linux and Mac, it is available at the command line only.

The XBRL Taxonomy Manager allows you to:


  • View installed XBRL taxonomies and check whether new versions are available for download.
  • Install or uninstall any of the multiple versions of a given taxonomy (or all versions if necessary). Dependent taxonomies are also installed or removed automatically.
  • Download newer versions of XBRL taxonomies as soon as they become available, independently of the Altova product release cycle.


XBRL taxonomies maintained through the XBRL Taxonomy Manager benefit from the XML catalog mechanism that enables URI references in instance or schema documents to be resolved from local files, as opposed to being retrieved from the Internet. This is extremely important in the case of large XBRL taxonomies where schema resolution from remote URIs is not practical or even recommended, mainly for performance reasons.

XBRL Taxonomy Manager for RaptorXML+XBRL Server

COVID-19 related XBRL taxonomy updates

In response to measures related to the COVID-19 crisis, the European Banking Authority has issued updated reporting and disclosure requirements. These are designed to accommodate, for instance, emergency legislation on pausing loan repayment schedules and the resulting impact on financial institutions.

As such, the corresponding local XBRL taxonomies for reporting to the EBA have been updated with these temporary changes.

The XBRL Taxonomy Manager (described above) includes these updated taxonomies for use with RaptorXML+XBRL Server.

Extended .NET API

The .NET API for RaptorXML Server has been extended to support XSLT, XPath, and XQuery processing in addition to validation.

New Altova extension functions to retrieve schema-related info

To make schema-aware processing easier, two new functions (altovaext:type and altovaext:schema) make it possible to read schema information about XML nodes when processing XML instance files with XSLT, XPath, and XQuery.

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New Features in Previous Versions

Learn about all the additional functionality that has been added in each release of RaptorXML Server.

March 17, 2020RaptorXMLRaptorXML+XBRL
Support for Data Types Registry
Support for Extensible Enumerations 2.0
Support for OS X 10.15
October 9, 2019RaptorXMLRaptorXML+XBRL
XULE support
April 2, 2019RaptorXMLRaptorXML+XBRL
Support for JSON Schema draft-06 and draft-07
Support for Windows Server 2019
Support for macOS 10.14
October 17, 2018RaptorXMLRaptorXML+XBRL
Python API now supports XPath, XSLT, XQuery
Support for XBRL Generic Preferred Label
Removal of duplicate XBRL facts
XBRL Certified™ Software designation from XBRL International
DQC Certification for v5 from XBRL US
Significant speed improvements in XSLT engine
Improved spec conformance in XSLT/XQuery engines
Support for XBRL Versioning 1.0
Support for XML Signatures 1.1
RaptorXML® Server 2017r3 (April 4, 2017)RaptorXMLRaptorXML+XBRL
JSON5 support
Numerous new features in charting engine
Support for Windows Server 2016
Support for macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
Support for XBRL Extensible Enumerations 1.1
RaptorXML® Server 2017 (October 4, 2016)
Support for Apache Avro
Support for XBRL Taxonomy Packages
Validation of Inline XBRL files
Python module
New XSLT and XQuery features
XSLT and XQuery performance improvements
RaptorXML® Server 2016 Release 2 (February 16, 2016)
Support for additional XSLT 3.0 instructions
Support for XBRL Assertion Severity 1.0
RaptorXML® Server 2016 (September 30, 2015)
Support for JSON Schema validation
Support for validating JSON instances against JSON Schema
Support for syntax checking of JSON instances
Support for Windows 10
Support for new Linux versions: Debian 8 & Ubuntu 15
RaptorXML® Server 2015 Release 4 (June 10, 2015)
Validation of EDGAR filing documents (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)
RaptorXML® Server 2015 Release 3 (February 25, 2015)
Support for XPath 3.1 and XQuery 3.1
Significant improvements to Python API
Support for additional XBRL standards: Extensible Enumerations 1.0 & Units Registry 1.0 (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)
RaptorXML® Server 2015 (September 17, 2014)
Support for XQuery Update Facility 1.0/3.0
Extended XSLT 3.0 support
Significantly optimized support for EBA 2.1 (COREP/FINREP) taxonomies (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)
Support for US GAAP 2014, adding to support for previous versions (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)
RaptorXML® Server 2014 Release 2 (March 19, 2014)
Significant speed increase for XML validation
Significant speed increase for XBRL validation (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)
XBRL Table Linkbase support (RaptorXML+XBRL Server only)
Completed support for XQuery 3.0
Extended XSLT 3.0 support
Support for additional Altova extension functions
Support for custom error messages for XSD 1.1 assertions
Support for macOS 10.9 (adds to support for versions 10.7 and newer)
RaptorXML® General Availability (June 12, 2013)
RaptorXML Server and RaptorXML+XBRL Server are available for download and purchase.
Existing customers may update to the latest version here
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