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Project.ItemGroups Property

Gets a collection of the item groups specified with the ItemGroup element in the project.

Namespace:  Microsoft.Build.BuildEngine
Assembly:  Microsoft.Build.Engine (in Microsoft.Build.Engine.dll)

public BuildItemGroupCollection ItemGroups { get; }

Property Value

Type: Microsoft.Build.BuildEngine.BuildItemGroupCollection
A BuildItemGroupCollection containing the item groups specifiied in the project.

The BuildItemGroupCollection returned by this property contains the item groups in this project and all imported projects.

The following example creates a Project object and uses the BuildItem, BuildProperty BuildItemGroup, and BuildPropertyGroup classes to list all the items and properties in the project.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.Build.BuildEngine;

namespace ListItemAndPropertiesCS
{
    class Program
    {        
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            // SET THIS TO POINT TO THE RIGHT LOCATION
            Engine.GlobalEngine.BinPath = @"C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.xxxxx";

            // Create a new empty project
            Project project = new Project();

            // Load a project
            project.Load(@"c:\temp\validate.proj");

            Console.WriteLine("Project Properties");
            Console.WriteLine("----------------------------------");

            // Iterate through the various property groups and subsequently  
            // through teh various properties 
            foreach (BuildPropertyGroup propertyGroup in project.PropertyGroups)
            {
                foreach (BuildProperty prop in propertyGroup)
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("{0}:{1}", prop.Name, prop.Value);
                }
            }

            Console.WriteLine();
            Console.WriteLine("Project Items");
            Console.WriteLine("----------------------------------");

            // Iterate through the various itemgroups 
            // and subsequently through the items 
            foreach (BuildItemGroup itemGroup in project.ItemGroups)
            {
                foreach (BuildItem item in itemGroup)
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("{0}:{1}", item.Name, item.Include);
                }
            }            
        }
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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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