InnerXml Property

XmlNode.InnerXml Property

Gets or sets the markup representing only the child nodes of this node.

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

abstract InnerXml : string with get, set
override InnerXml : string with get, set

Property Value

Type: System.String
The markup of the child nodes of this node.

InnerXml does not return default attributes.


Setting this property on a node that cannot have child nodes.


The XML specified when setting this property is not well-formed.

Attempting to set this property from a node that cannot have child nodes, for example a Text node, throws an exception. Otherwise, setting InnerXml replaces the child nodes, of the node, with the parsed contents of the given string. The parsing is done in the current namespace context.

This property is a Microsoft extension to the Document Object Model (DOM).


InnerXml is not an efficient way to modify the DOM. There may be performance issues when replacing complex nodes. It is more efficient to construct nodes and use methods such as InsertBefore, InsertAfter, AppendChild, and RemoveChild to modify the Xml document.

The following example compares the InnerText and InnerXml properties.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.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.

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