I got a blast xml file after a DNA sequence search. The XML file is not very readable. What is the way to make it more understandable? This blast contains about twenty matches. Here is the xml file
The most human-readable blast output formats are 0-4, e.g.
-outfmt 0 - which if I am not mistaken is the format used by web blast. However, these formats are a pain to automatically parse.
As Cowboy_Patrick pointed out, XML is more of a machine-readable format. The tabular output format (
-outfmt 6) is very commonly used, because it is easily parsed by unix command-line tools, and its structure also allows a somewhat easy human reading and understanding.
Is this what you are looking for: https://codebeautify.org/xmlviewer ? XML is a format designed to be readable firstly by machines, not humans.
With xslt you can convert XML to various more readable formats see this blog for something that fits your XML: http://plindenbaum.blogspot.com/2008/05/ncbi-blast-xslt-xhtml-svg.html?m=1