XmlAttribute.CloneNode Method

Creates a duplicate of this node.

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

public override XmlNode CloneNode(
	bool deep


Type: System.Boolean

true to recursively clone the subtree under the specified node; false to clone only the node itself

Return Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlNode
The duplicate node.

This method serves as a copy constructor for nodes. The cloned node has no parent (ParentNode returns null).

Cloning an unspecified attribute returns a specified attribute (Specified returns true).

The following example uses CloneNode to add an attribute to two different element nodes.

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

public class Sample
  public static void Main()
    //Create an XmlDocument.
    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();

    //Create an attribute.
    XmlAttribute attr;
    attr = doc.CreateAttribute("bk","genre","urn:samples");
    attr.Value = "novel";

    //Add the attribute to the first book.
    XmlElement currNode = (XmlElement) doc.DocumentElement.FirstChild;

    //An attribute cannot be added to two different elements.   
    //You must clone the attribute and add it to the second book.
    XmlAttribute attr2;
    attr2 = (XmlAttribute) attr.CloneNode(true);
    currNode = (XmlElement) doc.DocumentElement.LastChild;

    Console.WriteLine("Display the modified XML...\r\n");
    XmlTextWriter writer = new XmlTextWriter(Console.Out);
    writer.Formatting = Formatting.Indented;


The example uses the file, 2elems.xml, as input.

<!--sample XML fragment-->
  <book ISBN='10-861003-324'>
    <title>The Handmaid's Tale</title>
  <book ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>
    <title>Pride And Prejudice</title>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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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