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SiteMapProvider.GetChildNodes Method

When overridden in a derived class, retrieves the child nodes of a specific SiteMapNode.

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

public abstract SiteMapNodeCollection GetChildNodes(
	SiteMapNode node


Type: System.Web.SiteMapNode
The SiteMapNode for which to retrieve all child nodes.

Return Value

Type: System.Web.SiteMapNodeCollection
A read-only SiteMapNodeCollection that contains the immediate child nodes of the specified SiteMapNode; otherwise, null or an empty collection, if no child nodes exist.

Classes that derive from the SiteMapProvider class must implement the abstract GetChildNodes method.

Notes to Inheritors

When overriding the GetChildNodes method in a derived class, be sure to perform security trimming on the child nodes and ensure that the returned collection is read-only. The collection contains only the immediate children of the specified node.

The following code example demonstrates how to implement the GetChildNodes method in a class that implements the abstract SiteMapProvider class. The SimpleTextSiteMapProvider stores the hierarchical parent/child relationships in one Hashtable object and all SiteMapNode objects in another. The GetChildNodes method performs a reverse-lookup using both ArrayList objects.

This code example is part of a larger example provided for the SiteMapProvider class.

// Implement the GetChildNodes method.
public override SiteMapNodeCollection GetChildNodes(SiteMapNode node)
  SiteMapNodeCollection children = new SiteMapNodeCollection();
  // Iterate through the ArrayList and find all nodes that have the specified node as a parent.
  lock (this)
    for (int i = 0; i < childParentRelationship.Count; i++)

      string nodeUrl = ((DictionaryEntry)childParentRelationship[i]).Key as string;

      SiteMapNode parent = GetNode(childParentRelationship, nodeUrl);

      if (parent != null && node.Url == parent.Url)
        // The SiteMapNode with the Url that corresponds to nodeUrl
        // is a child of the specified node. Get the SiteMapNode for
        // the nodeUrl.
        SiteMapNode child = FindSiteMapNode(nodeUrl);
        if (child != null)
          children.Add(child as SiteMapNode);
          throw new Exception("ArrayLists not in sync.");
  return children;
protected override SiteMapNode GetRootNodeCore()
  return RootNode;
// Implement the GetParentNode method.
public override SiteMapNode GetParentNode(SiteMapNode node)
  // Check the childParentRelationship table and find the parent of the current node.
  // If there is no parent, the current node is the RootNode.
  SiteMapNode parent = null;
  lock (this)
    // Get the Value of the node in childParentRelationship
    parent = GetNode(childParentRelationship, node.Url);
  return parent;

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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.