Transform Method (IXPathNavigable, XsltArgumentList)

XslTransform.Transform Method (IXPathNavigable, XsltArgumentList)


Transforms the XML data in the IXPathNavigable using the specified args and outputs the result to an XmlReader.

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

public XmlReader Transform(
	IXPathNavigable input,
	XsltArgumentList args


Type: System.Xml.XPath.IXPathNavigable

An object implementing the IXPathNavigable interface. In the .NET Framework, this can be either an XmlNode (typically an XmlDocument), or an XPathDocument containing the data to be transformed.

Type: System.Xml.Xsl.XsltArgumentList

An XsltArgumentList containing the namespace-qualified arguments used as input to the transformation.

Return Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlReader

An XmlReader containing the results of the transformation.


The XslTransform class is obsolete in the .NET Framework version 2.0. The XslCompiledTransform class is the new XSLT processor. For more information, see Using the XslCompiledTransform Class and Migrating From the XslTransform Class.

XslTransform supports the XSLT 1.0 syntax. The XSLT style sheet must include the namespace declaration xmlns:xsl=


This method is now obsolete. The setting of the XmlResolver property determines how the XSLT document() function is resolved. The recommended practice is to use the Transform method which takes an XmlResolver object as one of its arguments.

The args are matched with the xsl:param elements defined in the style sheet. The xsl:output element is not supported when outputting to an XmlReader (the xsl:output element is ignored). See Outputs from an XslTransform for more information.

This method enables you to do an asynchronous transformation of the source document.

Transformations apply to the document as a whole. In other words, if you pass in a node other than the document root node, this does not prevent the transformation process from accessing all nodes in the loaded document. To transform a node fragment, you must create an XmlDocument containing just the node fragment and pass that XmlDocument to the Transform method.

The following example performs a transformation on a node fragment.

XslTransform xslt = new XslTransform();     
XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
// Create a new document containing just the node fragment.
XmlNode testNode = doc.DocumentElement.FirstChild; 
XmlDocument tmpDoc = new XmlDocument(); 
// Pass the document containing the node fragment 
// to the Transform method.
Console.WriteLine("Passing " + tmpDoc.OuterXml + " to print_root.xsl");
xslt.Transform(tmpDoc, null, Console.Out);

The example uses the library.xml and print_root.xsl files as input and outputs the following to the console.

Passing <book genre="novel" ISBN="1-861001-57-5"><title>Pride And Prejudice</title></book> to print_root.xsl 
Root node is book.


  <book genre='novel' ISBN='1-861001-57-5'>
     <title>Pride And Prejudice</title>
  <book genre='novel' ISBN='1-81920-21-2'>


<style sheet version="1.0" xmlns="" >
  <output method="text" /> 
  <template match="/">
     Root node is  <value-of select="local-name(//*[position() = 1])" /> 
</style sheet>

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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