TreeNode.ChildNodes Property

Note: This property is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Gets a TreeNodeCollection collection that contains the first-level child nodes of the current node.

Namespace: System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

public TreeNodeCollection ChildNodes { get; }
/** @property */
public TreeNodeCollection get_ChildNodes ()

public function get ChildNodes () : TreeNodeCollection

Property Value

A TreeNodeCollection that contains the first-level child nodes of the current node.

Use the ChildNodes property to get a TreeNodeCollection collection that contains the first-level child nodes of the current node. This collection is commonly used to iterate through all the first-level child nodes, or to access a specific first-level child node of the current node.

The ChildNodes property can also be used to programmatically manage the first-level child nodes in the current node. You can add, insert, remove, and retrieve TreeNode objects from the collection. Any updates to the collection will automatically be reflected in the TreeView control the next time the page is refreshed.

To access child nodes further down the tree, use the ChildNodes property of the next-level child node to navigate down the node levels.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the ChildNodes property to traverse the tree.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>

<script runat="server">

  void Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)

    // If the TreeView control contains any root nodes, perform a
    // preorder traversal of the tree and display the text of each node.
    if(LinksTreeView.Nodes.Count > 0)

      // Iterate through the root nodes in the Nodes property.
      for(int i=0; i<LinksTreeView.Nodes.Count; i++)

        // Display the nodes.

      Message.Text = "The TreeView control does not have any nodes.";


  void DisplayChildNodeText(TreeNode node)
    // Display the node's text value.
    Message.Text += node.Text + "<br>";

    // Iterate through the child nodes of the parent node passed into
    // this method and display their values.
    for(int i=0; i<node.ChildNodes.Count; i++)

      // Recursively call the DisplayChildNodeText method to
      // traverse the tree and display all the child nodes.




    <form runat="server">
      <h3>TreeNodeCollection Count Example</h3>
      <asp:TreeView id="LinksTreeView"
        Font-Name= "Arial"
          <asp:TreeNodeStyle ChildNodesPadding="10" 
          <asp:TreeNodeStyle ChildNodesPadding="5" 
          <asp:TreeNodeStyle ChildNodesPadding="5" 
          <asp:TreeNodeStyle ChildNodesPadding="10" 
          <asp:TreeNode Text="Table of Contents"
            <asp:TreeNode Text="Chapter One">
              <asp:TreeNode Text="Section 1.0">
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 1.0.1"/>
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 1.0.2"/>
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 1.0.3"/>
              <asp:TreeNode Text="Section 1.1">
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 1.1.1"/>
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 1.1.2"/>
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 1.1.3"/>
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 1.1.4"/>
            <asp:TreeNode Text="Chapter Two">
              <asp:TreeNode Text="Section 2.0">
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 2.0.1">
                  <asp:TreeNode Text="Subtopic 1"/>
                  <asp:TreeNode Text="Subtopic 2"/>
                <asp:TreeNode Text="Topic 2.0.2"/>
          <asp:TreeNode Text="Appendix A" />
          <asp:TreeNode Text="Appendix B" />
          <asp:TreeNode Text="Appendix C" />
      <asp:Label id="Message"


Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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