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This page is part of the [[Getting Started]] Section. In addition to its standalone console mode, BaseX comes with its own a graphical user interface which that offers you great tools for managing, querying and visualising visualizing your (XML) dataand write complex applications in XQuery.
Depending on your operating system, you The graphical user interface can launch a GUI instance of BaseX by double-clicking on the '''BaseX GUI''' start icon (Windows only) or running the <code>basexgui</code> script. Additional startup options are listed in the [[Startup#Graphical User Interface|Startup]] started as follows:
All important features of the * If you have installed BaseX GUI can be accessed from the menu bar. With the on ''DatabaseWindows'' menu, you can create and manage your XML databases. The click on the '''BaseX GUI'Editor'' menu offers you a variety icon.* Run one of tools and options for working with filesthe {{Code|[[Start_Scripts#Linux. Toggle between various ''Views'' and ''Vizualizations'' to edit and explore your data 2FMac:_basex|basexgui]]}} or set further ''Options'' regarding realtime execution{{Code|[[Start Scripts#Windows: basex.bat|basexgui.bat]]}} scripts.* You can also double-click on the {{Code|BaseX.jar}} file (this way, colors, fonts and packagesno libraries will be added).* For developers: type in {{Code|mvn exec:java}} in the main directory of the {{Code|basex}} project.
Some additional [[File:BasexCommand-menuLine_Options#GUI|command-bar.pngline options]]are available.
The BaseX GUI window It is divided into a number of additional bars and panels worth mentioning that can the standalone client must not be displayed or hidden using the ''View'' or ''Visualization'' menuused if you perform parallel (concurrent) read and write operations on your databases. See [[Startup#Concurrent Operations|Concurrent Operations]] for more details.
On =Introduction= At the upper bordertop of the BaseX window, right the menu bar resides. It houses all important features of the BaseX GUI. Use the ''Database'' menu to [[Graphical_User_Interface#Database Management|create and manage your XML databases]]. The ''Editor'' menu gives you access to a variety of tools and options for working with files. The ''View'' menu lets you toggle between the bars and panels described below. The ''Visualization'' menu offers you a comprehensive set of data representations that will help you to understand your data even better. Use the ''Options'' menu to set your preferences regarding real-time execution, colors, fonts, and packages. [[File:Basex-menu-bar.png|600px]] Right below the menu bar, you can find the ''Buttons'' bar and just below that the ''Input Bar''. The ''Buttons'' bar offers you a wide range of shortcuts, mostly for menu options, such as managing databases and displaying views and visualizations, but also for navigating through your data. With the [[Graphical_User_Interface#Input Bar|''Input Bar'']], you can query your data using three different kinds of query syntax.
The ''Status Bar'' is situated at the lower border bottom of the BaseX window.
The BaseX [[Graphical_User_Interface#Editor|editor ]] consists of the ''Project'' view, a file browser with optional input fields for searching files, and the actual ''Editor'' panel with buttons for creating, opening, saving, searching, executing and debugging your files.
In addition to that, there are the ''Result'' view, which displays the output of queries and database operations, and the ''Info'' view, which shows you information about database processes and query execution.
To gain further insights into your data, you can choose from to display various [[Graphical_User_Interface#Visualizations|visualizations ]] such as ''Map'', ''Tree'', ''Folder'', ''Plot'', ''Table'' and ''Explorer''.
=Database Management=
The BaseX GUI is a great place for creating and managing your XML databases.
To '''create a new database''', select ''Database'' → ''New'' from the menu and browse to an XML document of your choice. You can start with the {{Code|factbook.xml}} document, which contains statistical information on the worlds' countries. It is included in the {{Code|etc}} directory of our [http full distributions] ( ZIP Package and Windows Installer) or can be downloaded [http here] (1.3 MB). In the ''Create Database'' dialog, specify the path to your input file and the name of the new database. If you leave the input file field empty, an empty database will be created. Click the ''OK'' button to create the database.
'''Note:''' You can also use the GUI's [[Graphical_User_Interface#Editor|editor]] to create and edit your own XML document. Just specify it as input file for the creation of a new database after saving the document to disk.
** Create and manage text, attribute, token and full-text indexes. Customize indexes by specifying language, stemming, case-sensitivity and diacritics settings or include a stop word list.
* With the ''Export'' item, you can serialize your database into a whole range of different output formats, including XML, JSON and CSV.
* The ''Close'' item closes the database. Currently An open databases are database is closed automatically as soon as another database is opened.
'''Note:''' You can also access the menu options ''New'', ''Open & Manage'', ''Properties'' and ''Close'' from BaseX's Buttons bar.
BaseX's The built-in editor of BaseX is a powerful tool which allows you to create and edit text documents (XML, JSON and any other kind of text document, JavaScript, …), write and run XQuery files and modules, assemble [[Commands#Basics|Command Scripts]] and develop [[RESTXQ]] applications:
* The editor offers '''Syntax highlighting''' for XML, XQuery, JSON and JavaScript files.
* XQuery, XML and JSON files will be '''parsed''' in realtime real-time and '''errors''' will be highlighted.
* XQuery code and command scripts can be '''executed''' (via Ctrl Enter or by clicking on the green triangle).
* Ctrl .: Jump to the next erroneous code in your project.
{{Mark|Introduced with Version 9.1}}: If you right-click on an XML document in the ''Project'' view, the selected file will be parsed and bound to the context item:
All XQuery files in the project directory will be parsed in the background. Buggy XQuery modules, and files importing these modules, will be marked red. With the text fields on top, you can interactively search for file names and contents.
If a directory contains a {{Code|.ignore}} file, its files and contents will be ignored.
=Input Bar=
<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="10"><tr><td valign="top" width="50%">
[[Image:Result.png|thumb|Result View200px]]
'''Result''' (''View'' menu)
:Displays query results and other textual output (e.g. , content of the currently open database). Query results can be saved in a file.
</td><td valign="top" width="50%">
[[Image:InfoView.png|thumb|Info View200px]]
'''Info''' (''View'' menu)
:Helpful for analyzing the query plans of your XQuery expressions. It also displays information on the compilation and evaluation of queries.
</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="50%">
[[Image:Map.png|thumb|Map View200px]]
:Displays all data in a [http TreeMap]. All nodes of the XML document are represented as rectangles, filling the complete area. You can choose different layout algorithms in the Menu ''Options'' → ''Map Layout''.
</td><td valign="top" width="50%">
[[Image:Tree.png|thumb|Tree View200px]]
:Displays all XML nodes in a top -down tree with edges and nodes. You can change some settings of the Tree in the Menu ''Options'' → ''Tree Options''.
</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="50%">
[[Image:Folder.png|thumb|Folder View200px]]
:Displays all nodes in an Explorer-like folder view. Nodes can be expanded or closed by clicking on the arrows.
</td><td valign="top" width="50%">
[[Image:Scatterplot.png|thumb|Scatterplot View200px]]
:Displays all nodes in a scatterplotscatter plot, which is particularly helpful if you want to explore analyze your data. Three drop down dropdown menus allow custom axis assignments.
</td></tr><tr><td valign="top" width="50%">
[[Image:Table.png|thumb|The Table View200px]]
:Comes in handy if your data is highly regular. It displays all nodes in a table with rows and columns. Different assignments can be chosen by clicking on the arrow in the right upper corner.
</td><td valign="top" width="50%">
[[Image:Explorer.png|thumb|Explorer View200px]]
=Realtime Real-time Options=
In the ''Options'' menu, you can change how queries are executed and visualized:
* '''Realtime Real-time Execution''': If realtime real-time execution is enabled, your searches and queries will be executed with each key click and the results will be instantly shown.* '''Realtime Real-time Filtering''': If enabled, all visualizations will be limited to the actual results in realtimereal-time. If this feature is disabled, the query results are highlighted in the visualizations and can be explicitly filtered with the 'Filter' button.
=Look and Feel=
By default, the Look and Feel of your operating system will be used in the GUI.
In the ''Preferences'' dialog, you can choose from additional window themes.
;Version 9.3
* Updated: Project View: ignore directories with {{Code|.ignore}} file
;Version 9.1
* Added: Project View, set XML document as context.
;Version 8.4
* Added: highlighting of erroneous XQuery modules in the project view.
;Version 8.0
 * Updated: support for dark look and feels; support for JTatto JTattoo library
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