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Welcome to Kaxaml!

Kaxaml is a lightweight XAML editor that gives you a "split view" so you can see both your XAML and your rendered content (kind of like XamlPad but without the gigabyte of SDK). Kaxaml is a hobby and was created to be shared, so it's free! Feel free to download and try it out. If you don't like it, it cleans up nicely.

Kaxaml is designed to be "notepad for XAML." It's supposed to be simple and lightweight and make it easy to just try something out. It also has some basic support for intellisense and some fun plugins (including one for snippets, one for cleaning up your XAML and for rendering your XAML to an image).

If you're having problems with the installer or if you're just a do-it-yourself kind of individual, you can download the files you need as a zip.


This version of Kaxaml has basic support for Silverlight. In order for the Silverlight support to work, you need to have Silverlight 4 installed. Get it here. To open a Silverlight tab, choose "New Silverlight Tab" from the file menu or hit Ctrl+L on your keyboard. Getting Silverlight properly integrated is still a work in progress so it may not always behave properly.


Kaxaml is built using WPF. To use it, you need to have the .NET Framework version 4.0 installed on your machine. If you're running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can get it here. Sorry, Kaxaml doesn't work on a mac or on earlier versions of Windows.

If you really don't want to install the newest version of .NET or need a version of Kaxaml that is limited to .NET 3.5, you can get the download the previous version of Kaxaml. The only thing that changed between these two versions is the version of .NET that they target.

About and Contact

Kaxaml was created by me, Robby Ingebretsen. You can read my blog at or send me email at If you find bugs (you probably will) send them to and I'll try to take care of them.


Kaxaml is completely free to use for any purpose. It's an open source project in spirit, although we haven't done a good job keeping the source publicly available. I'll fix that soon. In the meantime, consider this released under the MIT Open Source License.


Previous Versions

The original (very old) version (v0.2) of Kaxaml is still available here. Admittedly, that version is a little lighter weight. You can also download version 1.7. That version targets .NET 3.0 / 3.5 if for some reason you don't want to upgrade to the newest version of the framework. We'll respect your opinion even if we don't understand it.