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XmlNode.OuterXml Property

Gets the markup containing 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);

  }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0
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