Test::XML::Ordered - compare two XML files for equivalency, in an ordered fashion.


version 0.2.2


    use Test::More tests => 1;

    use Test::XML::Ordered qw(is_xml_ordered);

    # TEST:$c++;
        [ string => $got_xml_source, ], # Got.
        [ string => $expected_xml_source, ], # Expected.
        {}, # Options
        "Equivalent", # Blurb


This module is a test module which compares two XML files for equivalence in an ordered fashion. It was written after I (= Shlomi Fish) realised that XML::SemanticDiff, which is the basis for Test::XML, and which I maintain, compares two XML files for equivalence in a "semantic" fashion where elements can be present in several possible orders. (It does not always do the right thing with this respect, but even if it did, it is not normally what I want.).

Other advantages of Test::XML::Ordered are:

  • Based on XML::LibXML instead of XML::Parser.

  • Handles namespaces properly.


The following function is exported upon request:

is_xml_ordered($got_params, $expected_params, $args, $message)

Compares two XMLs for equivalance. $got_params and $expected_params are array references passed to XML::LibXML::Reader . $args is an hash reference of options (currently not used but will be used in the future). $message is the blurb.



For internal use for now.


For internal use for now.


Shlomi Fish, .



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Bugs / Feature Requests

Please report any bugs or feature requests by email to bug-test-xml-ordered at, or through the web interface at You will be automatically notified of any progress on the request by the system.

Source Code

The code is open to the world, and available for you to hack on. Please feel free to browse it and play with it, or whatever. If you want to contribute patches, please send me a diff or prod me to pull from your repository :)

  git clone git://


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This software is Copyright (c) 2012 by Shlomi Fish.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The MIT (X11) License