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Descendants Method
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XContainer.Descendants Method

Returns a collection of the descendant elements for this document or element, in document order.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assemblies:   System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)
  System.Xml.XDocument (in System.Xml.XDocument.dll)

public IEnumerable<XElement> Descendants()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XElement>
An IEnumerable<T> of XElement containing the descendant elements of the XContainer.

Note that this method will not return itself in the resulting IEnumerable<T>. See DescendantsAndSelf if you need to include the current XElement in the results.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example creates an XML tree, and then uses this axis method to retrieve the descendants.

XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XAttribute("Att1", "AttributeContent"),
    new XElement("Child",
        new XText("Some text"),
        new XElement("GrandChild", "element content")
    )
);
IEnumerable<XElement> de =
    from el in xmlTree.Descendants()
    select el;
foreach (XElement el in de)
    Console.WriteLine(el.Name);

This example produces the following output:

Child
GrandChild

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1, Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library
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