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XContainer.Elements Method

Returns a collection of the child elements of this element or document, in document order.

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

public IEnumerable<XElement> Elements()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XElement>
An IEnumerable<T> of XElement containing the child elements of this XContainer, in document order.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example creates an XML tree, and then selects some elements using this axis method.

XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XElement("Child1", 1),
    new XElement("Child2", 2),
    new XElement("Child3", 3),
    new XElement("Child4", 4),
    new XElement("Child5", 5)
);
IEnumerable<XElement> elements =
    from el in xmlTree.Elements()
    where (int)el <= 3
    select el;
foreach (XElement el in elements)
    Console.WriteLine(el);

This example produces the following output:

<Child1>1</Child1>
<Child2>2</Child2>
<Child3>3</Child3>

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(XNamespace.Xmlns + "aw", "http://www.adventure-works.com"),
    new XElement(aw + "Child1", 1),
    new XElement(aw + "Child2", 2),
    new XElement(aw + "Child3", 3),
    new XElement(aw + "Child4", 4),
    new XElement(aw + "Child5", 5)
);
IEnumerable<XElement> elements =
    from el in xmlTree.Elements()
    where (int)el <= 3
    select el;
foreach (XElement el in elements)
    Console.WriteLine(el);

This example produces the following output:

<aw:Child1 xmlns:aw="http://www.adventure-works.com">1</aw:Child1>
<aw:Child2 xmlns:aw="http://www.adventure-works.com">2</aw:Child2>
<aw:Child3 xmlns:aw="http://www.adventure-works.com">3</aw:Child3>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, 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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