XmlReader.Read Method

When overridden in a derived class, reads the next node from the stream.

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

public abstract bool Read()

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the next node was read successfully; false if there are no more nodes to read.

ExceptionCondition
XmlException

An error occurred while parsing the XML.

When an XmlReader is first created and initialized, there is no information available. You must call Read to read the first node.

This method requires at least four bytes from the data stream in order to begin parsing. If fewer than four bytes are returned and there is no more data in the stream, the method will fail. If there is more data in the stream, the method will block parsing until receipt of the fourth byte.

The following example reads an XML file and displays each of the nodes.


reader.MoveToContent();
  // Parse the file and display each of the nodes.
  while (reader.Read()) {
    switch (reader.NodeType) {
      case XmlNodeType.Element:
          Console.Write("<{0}>", reader.Name);
          break;
      case XmlNodeType.Text:
          Console.Write(reader.Value);
          break;
       case XmlNodeType.CDATA:
           Console.Write("<![CDATA[{0}]]>", reader.Value);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.ProcessingInstruction:
           Console.Write("<?{0} {1}?>", reader.Name, reader.Value);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.Comment:
           Console.Write("<!--{0}-->", reader.Value);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.XmlDeclaration:
           Console.Write("<?xml version='1.0'?>");
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.Document:
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.DocumentType:
           Console.Write("<!DOCTYPE {0} [{1}]", reader.Name, reader.Value);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.EntityReference:
           Console.Write(reader.Name);
           break;
       case XmlNodeType.EndElement:
           Console.Write("</{0}>", reader.Name);
           break;
   } 
}


The sample uses the items.xml file.


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!-- This is a sample XML document -->
<!DOCTYPE Items [<!ENTITY number "123">]>
<Items>
  <Item>Test with an entity: &number;</Item>
  <Item>Test with a child element <more/> stuff</Item>
  <Item>Test with a CDATA section <![CDATA[<456>]]> def</Item>
  <Item>Test with a char entity: &#65;</Item>
  <!-- Fourteen chars in this element.-->
  <Item>1234567890ABCD</Item>
</Items>


.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

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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