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XAttribute Explicit Conversion (XAttribute to Guid)

Cast the value of this XAttribute to a Guid.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

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

public static explicit operator Guid (
	XAttribute attribute


Type: System.Xml.Linq.XAttribute
The XAttribute to cast to Guid.

Return Value

Type: System.Guid
A Guid that contains the content of this XAttribute.


The attribute does not contain a valid Guid value.


The attribute parameter is null.

The following example creates an attribute with a GUID as content. It then retrieves the value by casting to Guid.

XElement root = new XElement("Root",
    new XAttribute("Att", new Guid("3c1cc55b-baff-4b7a-9d17-077af3aa5730"))
Guid value = (Guid)root.Attribute("Att");
Console.WriteLine("value={0}", value);

This example produces the following output:


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.