XsdDataContractExporter Class
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XsdDataContractExporter Class


Allows the transformation of a set of .NET Framework types that are used in data contracts into an XML schema file (.xsd).

Namespace:   System.Runtime.Serialization
Assembly:  System.Runtime.Serialization (in System.Runtime.Serialization.dll)


public class XsdDataContractExporter


Initializes a new instance of the XsdDataContractExporter class.


Initializes a new instance of the XsdDataContractExporter class with the specified set of schemas.


Gets or sets an ExportOptions that contains options that can be set for the export operation.


Gets the collection of exported XML schemas.


Gets a value that indicates whether the set of .common language runtime (CLR) types contained in a set of assemblies can be exported.


Gets a value that indicates whether the set of .common language runtime (CLR) types contained in a ICollection<T> can be exported.


Gets a value that indicates whether the specified common language runtime (CLR) type can be exported.


Determines whether the specified object is equal to the current object.(Inherited from Object.)


Transforms the types contained in the specified collection of assemblies.


Transforms the types contained in the ICollection<T> passed to this method.


Transforms the specified .NET Framework type into an XML schema definition language (XSD) schema.


Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection.(Inherited from Object.)


Serves as the default hash function. (Inherited from Object.)


Returns the top-level name and namespace for the Type.


Returns the XML schema type for the specified type.


Returns the contract name and contract namespace for the Type.


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


Creates a shallow copy of the current Object.(Inherited from Object.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

Use the XsdDataContractExporter class when you have created a Web service that incorporates data represented by common language runtime (CLR) types and when you need to export XML schemas for each type to be consumed by other Web services. That is, XsdDataContractExporter transforms a set of CLR types into XML schemas. (For more information about the types that can be used, see Types Supported by the Data Contract Serializer.) The schemas can then be exposed through a Web Services Description Language (WSDL) document for use by others who need to interoperate with your service.

Conversely, if you are creating a Web service that must interoperate with an existing Web service, use the XsdDataContractImporter to transform XML schemas and create the CLR types that represent the data in a selected programming language.

The XsdDataContractExporter generates an XmlSchemaSet object that contains the collection of schemas. Access the set of schemas through the Schemas property.


To quickly generate XML schema definition (XSD) files that other Web services can consume, use the XsdDataContractExporter.

To create an instance of the XmlSchemaSet class that contains XML schema files, you should be aware of the following.

The set of types you are exporting are recorded as an internal set of data contracts. Thus, you can call the CanExport method multiple times to add new types to the schema set without degrading performance because only the new types will be added to the set. During the M:System.Runtime.Serialization.XsdDataContractExporter.Export(System.Collections.Generic.IList{System.Reflection.Assembly}) operation, the existing schemas are compared to the new schemas being added. If there are conflicts, an exception will be thrown. A conflict is usually detected if two types with the same data contract name but different contracts (different members) are exported by the same XsdDataContractExporter instance.

A recommended way of using this class is as follows:

  1. Use one of the CanExport overloads to determine whether the specified type or set of types can be exported. Use one of the overloads that is appropriate to your requirements.

  2. Call the corresponding Export method.

  3. Retrieve the schemas from the Schemasproperty.

Legacy Code Example

The following example creates an instance of the XsdDataContractExporter and calls the Export(Type) method.

using System;
using System.Xml;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.Xml.Schema;

public class Program
    public static void Main()
        catch (Exception exc)
            Console.WriteLine("Message: {0} StackTrace:{1}", exc.Message, exc.StackTrace);

    static void ExportXSD()
        XsdDataContractExporter exporter = new XsdDataContractExporter();
        if (exporter.CanExport(typeof(Employee)))
            Console.WriteLine("number of schemas: {0}", exporter.Schemas.Count);
            XmlSchemaSet mySchemas = exporter.Schemas;

            XmlQualifiedName XmlNameValue = exporter.GetRootElementName(typeof(Employee));
            string EmployeeNameSpace = XmlNameValue.Namespace;

            foreach (XmlSchema schema in mySchemas.Schemas(EmployeeNameSpace))

    static void GetXmlElementName()
        XsdDataContractExporter myExporter = new XsdDataContractExporter();
        XmlQualifiedName xmlElementName =myExporter.GetRootElementName(typeof(Employee));
        Console.WriteLine("Namespace: {0}", xmlElementName.Namespace);
        Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}", xmlElementName.Name);
        Console.WriteLine("IsEmpty: {0}", xmlElementName.IsEmpty);

    [DataContract(Namespace = "www.Contoso.com/Examples/")]
    public class Employee
        public string EmployeeName;
        private string ID;

.NET Framework
Available since 3.0

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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