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XmlNode.OuterXml Property

Gets the markup representing 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);

  }
}
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.Xml.dll>
using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml;

int main()
{
    XmlDocument* doc = new XmlDocument();
    doc->LoadXml(S"<book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>" 
                 S"<title>Pride And Prejudice</title>" 
                 S"</book>");

    XmlNode* root = doc->DocumentElement;

    // OuterXml includes the markup of current node.
    Console::WriteLine(S"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(S"Display the InnerXml property...");
    Console::WriteLine(root->InnerXml);
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

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