Feel free to use this online tool to validate the XML structure of your Google SiteMap. You don't know what a Google SiteMap is? Read our tutorial How to make use of Google SiteMaps. You don't have a Google SiteMap yet? Here you go for free tools to create a Google SiteMap XML file of your web site. Or install our smart sitemaps tool, it's free of charge and generates XML, RSS and HTML site maps.

Enter the URL of your Google SiteMap XML file to validate your XML and/or submit your sitemap to Google.

Your Google SiteMap URL: * 
Enter the full URL of your Google SiteMap XML file incl. http://

Validate XML?: Yes   No   Doesn't work if your <urlset> tag differs from:
<urlset xmlns="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84 http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84/sitemap.xsd"> [Help]
Submit to Google?: Yes   No   Submitting your Google sitemap the very first time not using your Google account does not enable tracking of sitemap downloads by Google! The method of resubmitting does not matter.

* = Mandatory


In order to validate the XML structure of a Google sitemap.xml file, you must replace your <urlset> tag by

<urlset xmlns="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84 http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84/sitemap.xsd">

If you want to submit your XML sitemap to Yahoo and Microsoft as well, use this <urlset> tag:

<urlset xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9 http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/sitemap.xsd" xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

(Google accepts both versions)
This tool can validate sitemap index files too. In order to validate a Google sitemap index, you must reference a suitable XML schema. Just replace your <sitemapindex> tag by

<sitemapindex xmlns="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84 http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap/0.84/siteindex.xsd">

And this is the <sitemapindex> tag for use with all search engines supporting the sitemaps protocol:

<sitemapindex xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9 http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9/siteindex.xsd" xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9">

By the way, this is a beta version, provided AS IS with no explicit or implied guarantees. Please report bugs via the contact link on the left.

Please note: A successful XML structure validation does not guarantee that Google (or Yahoo! or MSN/Live Search) will be able to process your input. But you'll feel better:)
A successful sitemap submission does not mean, that Google (or other search engines) can process your input. After your submission Google only knows where your sitemap.xml is located. At this time it's not yet downloaded and validated. Thus check your submission state using your Google account. If you've submitted your sitemap here by mistake, submit it again from your account to enable the stats.

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To learn more about Google Sitemaps, how search engines index and rank Web sites, search engine marketing, and for general information on search engine friendly Web site development please read our articles. If you're keen on XML, RSS and HTML site maps, download Simple Sitemaps for free.

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