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XContainer.Nodes Method

Returns a collection of the child nodes of this element or document, in document order.

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

public IEnumerable<XNode> Nodes()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XNode>
An IEnumerable<T> of XNode containing the contents of this XContainer, in document order.

Note that the content does not include attributes. In LINQ to XML, attributes are not considered to be nodes of the tree. They are name/value pairs associated with an element.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example creates an XML tree with a variety of types of nodes. It then queries this axis method to enumerate and print the nodes.

XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XElement("Child1", 1),
    new XElement("Child2", 2),
    new XComment("a comment"),
    new XElement("Child3", 3),
    new XElement("Child4", 4),
    new XText("mixed content"),
    new XElement("Child5", 5)
IEnumerable<XNode> nodes =
    from nd in xmlTree.Nodes()
    select nd;
foreach (XNode node in nodes)

This example produces the following output:

<!--a comment-->
mixed content

The following example creates an XML tree that contains a variety of types of nodes. It then enumerates through portions of the tree, printing the node types.

XDocument xmlTree = new XDocument(
    new XComment("a comment"),
    new XProcessingInstruction("xml-stylesheet", "type=\"text/xsl\" href=\"hello.xsl\""),
    new XElement("Root",
        new XAttribute("Att", "attContent"),
        new XElement("Child1",
            new XCData("CDATA content")
        new XElement("Child2",
            new XText("Text content")

foreach (XNode node in xmlTree.Nodes())
    if (node.NodeType == XmlNodeType.Element)
        foreach (XAttribute att in ((XElement)node).Attributes())
        foreach (XNode node2 in ((XElement)node).Nodes())
            if (node2.NodeType == XmlNodeType.Element)
                foreach (XNode node3 in ((XElement)node2).Nodes())

This example produces the following output:


.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.