XmlNode.Clone Method

Creates a duplicate of this node.

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

public virtual XmlNode Clone()

Return Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlNode
The cloned node.

Cloning an XmlElement copies all attributes and their values, including those generated by the XML processor to represent defaulted attributes. This method recursively clones the node and the subtree underneath it.

Clone is equivalent to calling CloneNode(true).

The following table describes the specific behavior for each XmlNodeType.

XmlNodeType

Clone

Attribute

Clones the attribute node, including child nodes.

CData

Clones the CData node, including its data content.

Comment

Clones the comment node, including its text content.

Document

Clones the document node, including any child nodes.

DocumentFragment

Clones the document fragment node, including any child nodes.

DocumentType

Clones the document type node.

Element

Clones the element node, its attributes, and any child nodes.

Entity

Entity nodes cannot be cloned.

EntityReference

Clones the entity reference node. The replacement text is not included.

Notation

Notation nodes cannot be cloned.

ProcessingInstruction

Clones the processing instruction node, including its target and data.

SignificantWhitespace

Clones the significant white space node, including its data value.

Text

Clones the text node, including its data value.

Whitespace

Clones the white space node, including its data value.

XmlDeclaration

Clones the XmlDeclaration node, including its data value.

All other node types.

These node types cannot be cloned.

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

The following example clones the root node of the XML document.


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

public class Sample {

  public static void Main() {

    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
    doc.LoadXml("<book ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>" +
                "<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" +
                "<price>19.95</price>" +
                "</book>");

    XmlNode root = doc.FirstChild;

    //Clone the root node.  The cloned node includes
    //child nodes. This is similar to calling CloneNode(true).
    XmlNode clone = root.Clone();
    Console.WriteLine(clone.OuterXml);
  }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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