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XAttribute Explicit Conversion (XAttribute to Boolean)

Cast the value of this XAttribute to a Boolean.

This API is not CLS-compliant. 

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

public static explicit operator bool (
	XAttribute attribute


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

Return Value

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


The attribute does not contain a valid Boolean value.


The attribute parameter is null.

When converting to Boolean from an attribute or element, allowed values are "0", "1", and any string that produces "true" or "false" after trimming and conversion to lower case.

The following example creates an attribute with a Boolean value, then casts it to Boolean.

XElement root = new XElement("Root", 
    new XAttribute("BoolValue", true)
bool bv = (bool)root.Attribute("BoolValue");
Console.WriteLine("(bool)BoolValue={0}", bv);

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.