In order to understand which features are important XML Notepad records anonymous usage like:

  1. how many times the app is used
  2. how many times each feature is used (options, xslt, search, etc)

The data is collected using Google Analytics and shared only with members of the XML Notepad development team. The data is used to prioritize future work to improve the features that are most popular.

As a teaser, here is a map of countries where XML Notepad was used in July 2022. That's super cool to see a healthy community of users and this motivates the team to keep XML notepad in tip-top shape.


Here's some raw data from August 2022 to August 2021:

Action Counts Description
/App/Launch 1,082,553 Times app was launched
/App/XsltView 140,703 Times XSLT view was used
/App/FormSearch 83,020 Times the Search dialog was used
/App/FormOptions 4,448 Times the Options dialog was used
/XmlNotepad/ 208,520 Visits to the web home page
/XmlNotepad/install/ 78,812 Visits to the install page

The first time you install XML Notepad on your computer you will be prompted with the following dialog:


Thanks to those who have allowed analytics to be collected, it really helps to understand usage patterns and prioritize what to improve. But, if you really need to click No then the choice will be written to the XML Notepad settings file and it will not be prompted again. Analytics can be enabled or disabled any time using the Allow analytics option in the Options dialog.

If you want to disable analytics before installing XML Notepad (perhaps in an enterprise wide distribution) then you can set this environment system wide on the end user's machine:


You can also disable the Analytics UI option from appearing in the Options dialog by setting the AnalyticsClientId to disabled in the default XmlNotepad.settings file as follows:


This ensures the user cannot enable analytics after starting XML notepad.