Onix Parser written in GoLang to deal with huge XML file sizes. The ONIX for Books Product Information Message is the international standard for representing and communicating book industry product information in electronic form.

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A parser for the EDItEUR ONIX xml file format written in GoLang.

My first learning project. Of course it contains many mistakes but the binary runs quite nice and at Zookal.com we’re using it in production. If you find an error or incorrect usage of Go, let me know :-)

Inspired for learning by http://blog.davidsingleton.org/parsing-huge-xml-files-with-go/

XML Data


Test data Onix Data Feed

You can download test data from http://www.oup.com.au/help_and_advice/booksellers

The Complete File or The Incremental File.

Not all XML elements are matched because structure in DTD is unclear and we don’t need all elements. If one element is missing send me an email or a pull request.


Parsing a 3GB XML file with 998673 products needs 14m36.525541544s to import that data into MySQL 5.5.

Hardware used:

  • MacBook Air
  • 13-inch, Mid 2012
  • Processor 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5
  • Memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

There are several options on the command line:

$ go run OnixParser.go -h
OnixParser Copyright (C) 2014 Cyrill AT Schumacher dot fm
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; License: http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
Usage of OnixParser:
  -db="test": MySQL db name
  -host="": MySQL host name
  -infile="": Input file path
  -logfile="": Logfile name, if empty direct output
  -moc=20: Max MySQL open connections
  -outdir="": Dir for CSV output file for reading into MySQL, if empty writes to /tmp/
  -pass="test": MySQL password
  -tablePrefix="gonix_": Table name prefix
  -user="test": MySQL user name
  -v=false: Increase verbosity
exit status 2

The speed of import can only be achieved by using LOAD DATA INFILE LOCAL with MySQL. So check your config if the option has been enabled.


To install the command line program, use the following:

Install Go: http://golang.org/doc/install

go get github.com/SchumacherFM/OnixParser


General Public License


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