XmlIgnore Property

XmlAttributes.XmlIgnore Property


Gets or sets a value that specifies whether or not the XmlSerializer serializes a public field or public read/write property.

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

public bool XmlIgnore { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the XmlSerializer must not serialize the field or property; otherwise, false.

By default, all public fields and public read/write properties are serialized by the XmlSerializer. That is, the value of each public field or property is persisted as an XML element or XML attribute in an XML-document instance.

To override the default serialization of a field or property, create an XmlAttributes object, and set its XmlIgnore property to true. Add the object to an XmlAttributeOverrides object and specify the type of the object that contains the field or property to ignore, and the name of the field or property to ignore.

If an XmlIgnoreAttribute is applied to a field or property, the field or property is ignored. However you can override that behavior by creating an XmlAttributes object, setting its XmlIgnore property to false, adding it to an XmlAttributeOverrides object specifying the type of the object that contains the field or property, and the name of the field or property.

The following example serializes a class named Group, which contains a member named Comment to which the XmlIgnoreAttribute is applied. The example creates an XmlAttributes object, and sets the XmlIgnore property to false, thereby overriding the XmlIgnoreAttribute.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml.Serialization;

// This is the class that will be serialized. 
public class Group
   // The GroupName value will be serialized--unless it's overridden.
   public string GroupName;

   /* This field will be ignored when serialized--
      unless it's overridden. */
   public string Comment;

public class Test
   public static void Main()
      Test t = new Test();

   // Return an XmlSerializer used for overriding.
   public XmlSerializer CreateOverrider()
      // Create the XmlAttributeOverrides and XmlAttributes objects.
      XmlAttributeOverrides xOver = new XmlAttributeOverrides();
      XmlAttributes attrs = new XmlAttributes();

      /* Setting XmlIgnore to false overrides the XmlIgnoreAttribute
         applied to the Comment field. Thus it will be serialized.*/
      attrs.XmlIgnore = false;
      xOver.Add(typeof(Group), "Comment", attrs);

      /* Use the XmlIgnore to instruct the XmlSerializer to ignore
         the GroupName instead. */
      attrs = new XmlAttributes();
      attrs.XmlIgnore = true;
      xOver.Add(typeof(Group), "GroupName", attrs);

      XmlSerializer xSer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Group), xOver);
      return xSer;

   public void SerializeObject(string filename)
      // Create an XmlSerializer instance.
      XmlSerializer xSer = CreateOverrider();

      // Create the object to serialize and set its properties.
      Group myGroup = new Group();
      myGroup.GroupName = ".NET";
      myGroup.Comment = "My Comment...";

      // Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(filename);

      // Serialize the object and close the TextWriter.
      xSer.Serialize(writer, myGroup);

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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