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XPathNavigator.HasChildren Property

Gets a value indicating whether the current node has any child nodes.

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

public virtual bool HasChildren { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the current node has any child nodes; otherwise, false.

If the XPathNavigator is positioned on a node that cannot have child nodes, the HasChildren property always returns false.

The following table lists the child node XPathNodeType nodes allowed for each XPathNodeType node.

XPathNodeType Node

Child XPathNodeType Nodes


Element, Comment, or ProcessingInstruction nodes.


DocumentFragment is equivalent to Root when using the XmlDocument class and can have the same children as an element.


Element, Text, Comment, ProcessingInstruction, Whitespace or SignificantWhitespace nodes.

All other XPathNodeType nodes

Cannot have child nodes.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.3, 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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