I Have Xml data as Follows

String Data_XML = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding=""?> <book><price>100</price><Items>2</Items> </book>';

I wanted to deserialize XML to Apex class or JSON

Class Book{
    public Decimal price;
    public Integer Items;

There is no quick and easy way to transform XML either into JSON or into an Apex Class.

I came up against this in a recent project, and I ended up using the Dom.Document and Dom.XmlNode classes.

There's likely a way to abstract this pattern, but the basic idea that I used was to have an outer class to start the parsing, and then have a bunch of inner classes to represent the structure of the XML. It's effectively an implementation of a depth-first search algorithm

In your provided case, the solution is on the simple side

public class BookParser{
    List<Book> books;

    public BookParser(String xmlInput){
        books = new List<Book>();

        Dom.Document doc = new Dom.Document();

        Book tempBook;
        for(Dom.XmlNode node :doc.getRootElement().getChildElements()){
            if(node.getName() == 'Book'){
                tempBook = new Book();

    public class Book{
        Integer items;
        Decimal price;

        public void process(Dom.XmlNode inNode){
            for(Dom.XmlNode innerNode :inNode.getChildElements()){
                if(innerNode.getName() == 'Items'){
                    items = Integer.valueOf(innerNode.getText());
                } else if(innerNode.getName() ==  'price'){
                    price = Decimal.valueOf(innerNode.getText());

In general, each inner class that represents part of the XML data structure implements a process(Dom.XmlNode) method. The strengths of this pattern are that it limits the complexity of the process() method for each class, it doesn't care what order child nodes appear in, and it can parse the entire structure with a single call (here, it would be BookParser bp = new BookParser(inputXML);.

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  • can we parse XML directly into apex class like JSON ? Ex: DermaGetCityState d = (DermaGetCityState) System.JSON.deserialize(res.getBody(), DermaGetCityState.class); – govind123 raju May 2 '16 at 13:17
  • @govind123raju No, I'm afraid not. The closest example that you'll see to that is generating Apex classes from a WSDL file, but that seems to be intended for use with services that communicate via SOAP. The only option that I know of is to build your own XML deserializer based on the example that I provided. – Derek F May 2 '16 at 14:22

You could also use this library:

Define class structure to match your soap response XML

public class SoapResponse {    

    public EnvelopeModel Envelope {get;set;}

    public class EnvelopeModel{
        public BodyModel Body{get;set;}

    public class BodyModel{
        public AddDataResponseModel AddDataResponse{get;set;}
    public class AddDataResponseModel{
        Public AddDataResultModel AddDataResult{get;set;}

    public class AddDataResultModel{
        public string RecordId {get;set;}
        public string ErrorDescription {get;set;}

Then deserialize soap response to apex class

XMLSerializer serializer = new XMLSerializer();
SoapResponse response = (SoapResponse) serializer.deserialize(xmlString, SoapResponse.class);
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