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XmlElement.CloneNode Method

Creates a duplicate of this node.

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

Public Overrides Function CloneNode ( _
	deep As Boolean _
) As XmlNode


Type: System.Boolean
true to recursively clone the subtree under the specified node; false to clone only the node itself (and its attributes if the node is an XmlElement).

Return Value

Type: System.Xml.XmlNode
The cloned node.

This method serves as a copy constructor for nodes. The duplicate node has no parent (ParentNode returns Nothing).

The following example creates a new element, clones it, and then adds both elements into an XML document.

Option Explicit
Option Strict

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml

Public Class Sample

    Public Shared Sub Main()

        Dim doc As New XmlDocument()

        ' Create a new element.
        Dim elem As XmlElement = doc.CreateElement("misc")
        elem.InnerText = "hardcover"
        elem.SetAttribute("publisher", "WorldWide Publishing")

        ' Clone the element so we can add one to each of the book nodes.
        Dim elem2 As XmlNode = elem.CloneNode(True)

        ' Add the new elements.

        Console.WriteLine("Display the modified XML...")
    End Sub 'Main 
End Class 'Sample

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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.