Metadata for the CascadesDB database is provided in an XML format, which may be readily transformed into plain text or HTML by means of XSLT: links to all three formats are provided in the search results.

A CDBML document consists of one or more cdbrecord elements inside a cdbml root element. Each cdbrecord represents the metadata for a set of collisional cascade simulations. Generally, a set of such simulations will differ only in the original PKA recoil direction, the other parameters (material, energy, temperature, etc.) given explicitly by the metadata.

The meanings of the XML fields for a CDBML file are given below. Required fields are in bold.