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XmlNode.OuterXml Property

Gets the markup containing this node and all its child nodes.

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

public virtual string OuterXml { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The markup containing this node and all its child nodes.
NoteNote

OuterXml does not return default attributes.

This property is a Microsoft extension to the Document Object Model (DOM).

The following example compares output from the InnerXml and OuterXml properties.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;

public class Sample {

  public static void Main() {

    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
    doc.LoadXml("<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>" +
                "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" +
                "</book>");

    XmlNode root = doc.DocumentElement;

    // OuterXml includes the markup of current node.
    Console.WriteLine("Display the OuterXml property...");
    Console.WriteLine(root.OuterXml);

    // InnerXml does not include the markup of the current node. 
    // As a result, the attributes are not displayed.
    Console.WriteLine();
    Console.WriteLine("Display the InnerXml property...");
    Console.WriteLine(root.InnerXml);

  }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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