Files with idml extension can be usually found as InDesign documents saved in special InDesign Markup language.

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Software that open idml file

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IDML file extension - InDesign Markup Language document

What is idml file? How to open idml files?

File type specification:

Document file type icon Document file type

idml file icon: idml filetype icon

File extension idml is best know to be associated with Adobe InDesign software, part of Adobe Creative Cloud and previously Creative Suite.

The InDesign Markup Language was introduced with InDesign CS4 and InDesign still supports backward compatibility with .inx files.

IDML format was designed to replace the INX format, which is more difficult to create and edit. IDML files provide an interchangeable format for Adobe is InDesign documents, as well as a way for third-party tools to modify and assemble InDesign documents.

In some cases you may want to save an InDesign in interchange markup format. It’s especially useful to save in this format when you open documents from other apps.

The idml file is a renamed zip archive, which contains various XML files:

  • Resources
  • Spreads
  • Stories
  • XML
  • MasterSpreads

Updated: November 9, 2023

The default software associated to open idml file:

Adobe InDesign icon

Adobe Systems Incorporated logoAdobe InDesign  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Adobe Systems Incorporated

A popular software for designing, preflighting and publishing documents for print, online, or to mobile devices. In InDesign graphic designers can create posters, flyers, brochures, books etc.

InDesign also supports export to digital SWF Flash format and EPUB format. Adobe InDesign is the successor to Adobe PageMaker. Adobe InDesign is distributed independently or as a part of some Adobe Creative Suite and Creative Cloud editions.

The latest version, Adobe InDesign CC is available through the new Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service. The previous version was InDesign CS6.

Adobe InDesign for Mac icon

Adobe Systems Incorporated logoAdobe InDesign for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe InDesign is popular application used to design documents, such as flyers, posters, brochures, magazines, books etc.. Adobe InDesign also supports export to EPUB and SWF formats to create electronic publications for mobile platforms. InDesign is distributed as a stand-alone application, or as a part of Adobe Creative Suite.

The latest version, InDesign CC is available through the new Adobe Creative Cloud. The previous version was InDesign CS6.

Adobe Creative Cloud icon

Adobe Systems Incorporated logoAdobe Creative Cloud  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Creative Cloud is latest member of Creative family. With this version Adobe moved from one-time fee to subscription based model, while no longer plans to offer one time purchase options like the users were used. There is either annual or monthly fee for using the whole bundle or just one program.

Help how to open:

Use Adobe InDesign to open and work with the *.idml files.

How to convert:

Your best option for conversion or export of *.idml file would be to use InDesign because hardly any 3rd party apps support IDML format.

Find conversions from idml file:

idml to ai

idml to eps

idml to indd

idml to inx

idml to jpg

idml to pdf

idml to psd

Find converter to idml file type:

eps to idml

idd to idml

ind to idml

indb to idml

indd to idml

inx to idml

pdf to idml

List of software applications associated to the .idml file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open idml file, edit idml file, convert idml file, view idml file, play idml file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting idml files.

Software that open idml file - InDesign Markup Language document

Programs supporting the exension idml on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open idml file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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