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XElement.IsEmpty Property

Gets a value indicating whether this element contains no content.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assemblies:   System.Xml.XDocument (in System.Xml.XDocument.dll)
  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)

public bool IsEmpty { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if this element contains no content; otherwise false.

Note that an element that contains a start and end tag with no content between the tags is not considered to be an empty element. It has content with no length. Only an element that contains only a start tag, and is expressed as a terminated empty element, is considered to be empty.

The following example creates a variety of XML trees, and shows the value of this property with each tree.

XElement el1 = new XElement("Root");
Console.WriteLine(el1);
Console.WriteLine(el1.IsEmpty);
Console.WriteLine();
XElement el2 = new XElement("Root", "content");
Console.WriteLine(el2);
Console.WriteLine(el2.IsEmpty);
Console.WriteLine();
XElement el3 = new XElement("Root", "");
Console.WriteLine(el3);
Console.WriteLine(el3.IsEmpty);
Console.WriteLine();
el3.ReplaceAll(null);
Console.WriteLine(el3);
Console.WriteLine(el3.IsEmpty);

This example produces the following output:

<Root />
True

<Root>content</Root>
False

<Root></Root>
False

<Root />
True

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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