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XElement.Attributes Method

Returns a collection of attributes of this element.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assembly:  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)

public IEnumerable<XAttribute> Attributes()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XAttribute>
An IEnumerable<T> of XAttribute of attributes of this element.

The attributes in the returned collection are in the order that they were added to the element. If the XML tree was parsed from XML, the attributes are returned in document order.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example creates an element with two attributes. It then uses this axis method to retrieve all attributes of the element.

XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XAttribute("Att1", "content1"),
    new XAttribute("Att2", "content2")
);
IEnumerable<XAttribute> attList =
    from at in xmlTree.Attributes()
    select at;
foreach (XAttribute att in attList)
    Console.WriteLine(att);

This example produces the following output:

Att1="content1"
Att2="content2"

The following is the same example, but in this case the XML is in a namespace. For more information, see Working with XML Namespaces.

XNamespace aw = "http://www.adventure-works.com";
XElement xmlTree = new XElement(aw + "Root",
    new XAttribute(aw + "Att1", "content1"),
    new XAttribute(aw + "Att2", "content2"),
    new XAttribute(XNamespace.Xmlns + "aw", "http://www.adventure-works.com")
);
IEnumerable<XAttribute> attList =
    from at in xmlTree.Attributes()
    select at;
foreach (XAttribute att in attList)
    Console.WriteLine(att);

This example produces the following output:

aw:Att1="content1"
aw:Att2="content2"
xmlns:aw="http://www.adventure-works.com"

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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