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libxml2 built using Zig build system

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libxml2 Built with Zig

This repository contains Zig code for building libxml2 using Zig. This allows other projects that use the Zig build system to easily consume this library, cross-compile it, etc.

Why? Using the Zig build system makes it much easier to cross-compile a library, even if you aren't using the Zig programming language. See Maintain it with Zig for some more information.

This library currently hardcodes the libxml2 version (latest as of writing this but unlikely to remain that way for long). In the future, I'd like to allow users to pass in a custom libxml2 directory, and it'd be really cool to setup some sort of Github Action to check for new versions and try to pull it in. Maybe one day.


While we all eagerly await the Zig Package Manager, the recommended way to use this is via git submodules or just embedding this into your repository.

const libxml2 = @import("path/to/libxml2.zig");

pub fn build(b: *std.build.Builder) !void {
    // ...

    const lib = try libxml2.create(b, target, mode, .{
        // These are the minimal options to NOT depend on any other libraries.
        // If you ave these libraries, just set these to true.
        .iconv = false,
        .lzma = false,
        .zlib = false,

    const exe = b.addExecutable("my-program", "src/main.zig");

This package does not provide any Zig-native APIs to access the underlying C library. This is by design, the focus of this repository is only to enable building the underlying library using the Zig build system. Therefore, to use the library, import the headers and use the C API:

const c = @cImport({

// ... do stuff with `c`

Other Dependencies

Some features require other libraries. In the example above, we disabled those features. For example, if you set .zlib = true, then zlib must be available.

In this scenario, you can find and use a zlib build such as zig-zlib as normal. When that library is also added to the project, it adds its include paths and linking information to the build, so libxml2 can be built with zlib support.

Open Source Agenda is not affiliated with "Zig Libxml2" Project. README Source: mitchellh/zig-libxml2