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XmlSerializer.Serialize Method (Stream, Object)

Serializes the specified Object and writes the XML document to a file using the specified Stream.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Serialization
Assemblies:   System.Xml.XmlSerializer (in System.Xml.XmlSerializer.dll)
  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)

public void Serialize(
	Stream stream,
	Object o
)

Parameters

stream
Type: System.IO.Stream

The Stream used to write the XML document.

o
Type: System.Object

The Object to serialize.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

An error occurred during serialization. The original exception is available using the InnerException property.

The Serialize method converts the public fields and read/write properties of an object into XML. It does not convert methods, indexers, private fields, or read-only properties. To serialize all of an object's fields and properties, both public and private, use the BinaryFormatter.

In the stream parameter, specify an object that derives from the abstract Stream class. Classes that derive from Stream include:

NoteNote

The XmlSerializer cannot serialize the following: arrays of ArrayList and arrays of List<T>.

The following example serializes an object using a Stream object.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml.Serialization;

// This is the class that will be serialized. 
public class OrderedItem
{
   public string ItemName;
   public string Description;
   public decimal UnitPrice;
   public int Quantity;
   public decimal LineTotal;

   // A custom method used to calculate price per item. 
   public void Calculate()
   {
      LineTotal = UnitPrice * Quantity;
   }
}

public class Test{
   public static void Main(string[] args)
   {
      Test t = new Test();
      // Write a purchase order.
      t.SerializeObject("simple.xml");
   }

   private void SerializeObject(string filename)
   {
      Console.WriteLine("Writing With Stream");

      XmlSerializer serializer = 
      new XmlSerializer(typeof(OrderedItem));
      OrderedItem i = new OrderedItem();
      i.ItemName = "Widget";
      i.Description = "Regular Widget";
      i.Quantity = 10;
      i.UnitPrice = (decimal) 2.30;
      i.Calculate();

      // Create a FileStream to write with.
      Stream writer = new FileStream(filename, FileMode.Create);
      // Serialize the object, and close the TextWriter
      serializer.Serialize(writer, i);
      writer.Close();
   }
}
<?xml version="1.0"?>
 <OrderedItem xmlns:inventory="http://www.cpandl.com" xmlns:money="http://www.cohowinery.com">
   <inventory:ItemName>Widget</inventory:ItemName>
   <inventory:Description>Regular Widget</inventory:Description>
   <money:UnitPrice>2.3</money:UnitPrice>
   <inventory:Quantity>10</inventory:Quantity>
   <money:LineTotal>23</money:LineTotal>
 </OrderedItem>

.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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