How to Extract URLs from Sitemaps

If you are wondering how to extract sitemap URLs really fast you are in the right place!

There are different options out there and I selected the best 3 methods:

  • Google Sheets
  • Screaming Frog
  • Terminal

Let’s jump right into it.

1) Extract URLs From XML Sitemaps Online In Google Sheets

I found a simple sitemap extractor script that will extract the list of URLs from the Sitemap in Google Sheets in less than 5 seconds, pretty impressive, isn’t it? Give it a try.

Here the Google Sheet that act as a sitemap url extractor:

  1. Make a copy of it

  2. Add the sitemap URL in the cell B2 (example:

  3. The list of URLs will appear automatically in column D

  4. Done! You have just converted your sitemap to a URL list.


2) Extract URLs From XML Sitemaps with Screaming Frog

For this second method you need to install the SEO software Screaming Frog to convert any sitemap xml to a url list. This method works pretty well also for sitemap index file that are the ones that contain list of sub-sitemaps.

Here the steps:

  1. Open Screaming Frog SEO Spider Tool

  2. Mode>Select List

  3. Upload>Download Sitemap>Add Sitemap xml URL

  4. Done!


3) Extract URLs From XML Sitemaps with command line tools

  1. Open your terminal

  2. Enter this command (remember to replace the sitemap URL)-> curl -s

  3. Done!

Extract URLs from sitemap

I hope you find it useful.



This article was updated on June 3, 2021