Load Method (TextReader)

XmlDocument.Load Method (TextReader)

Loads the XML document from the specified TextReader.

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

public virtual void Load(
	TextReader txtReader


Type: System.IO.TextReader
The TextReader used to feed the XML data into the document.


There is a load or parse error in the XML. In this case, the document remains empty.


The Load method always preserves significant white space. The PreserveWhitespace property determines whether or not insignificant white space, that is white space in element content, is preserved. The default is false; white space in element content is not preserved.

If you want validation to occur, you can create a validating XmlReader instance by using the XmlReaderSettings class and the Create method. For more information, see Validating XML Data with XmlReader.

This method is a Microsoft extension to the Document Object Model (DOM).

The following example uses the StringReader class to load a string of XML data into the XmlDocument object.

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

public class Sample {

  public static void Main() {

    // Create the XmlDocument.
    XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
    string xmlData = "<book xmlns:bk='urn:samples'></book>";

    doc.Load(new StringReader(xmlData));

    // Create a new element and add it to the document.
    XmlElement elem = doc.CreateElement("bk", "genre", "urn:samples");
    elem.InnerText = "fantasy";

    Console.WriteLine("Display the modified XML...");


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, 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.

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