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XAttribute.Remove Method

Removes this attribute from its parent element.

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

public void Remove()


The parent element is null.

You can use this method to modify an XML tree. This method will cause events to occur.

There are many scenarios in which you might want to remove a set of attributes. In LINQ to XML programming, you should not manipulate or modify a set of nodes while you are querying for nodes in that set. In practical terms, this means that you should not iterate over a set of attributes and remove them. Instead, you should materialize them into a List<T> using the ToList<TSource> extension method. Then you can iterate over the list, removing the attributes. For more information, see Mixed Declarative Code/Imperative Code Bugs (C#) (LINQ to XML).

Alternatively, if you want to remove a set of attributes, it is recommended that you use the Extensions.Remove method. This method copies the attributes to a list, then iterates over the list, removing the attributes.

The following example creates an element with three attributes. It then removes one of the attributes.

XElement root = new XElement("Root",
    new XAttribute("Att1", "content1"),
    new XAttribute("Att2", "content2"),
    new XAttribute("Att3", "content3")
XAttribute att = root.Attribute("Att2");

This example produces the following output:

<Root Att1="content1" Att3="content3" />

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.