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XmlNode.ParentNode Property

Gets the parent of this node (for nodes that can have parents).

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

public virtual XmlNode ParentNode { get; }
/** @property */
public XmlNode get_ParentNode ()

public function get ParentNode () : XmlNode

Property Value

The XmlNode that is the parent of the current node. If a node has just been created and not yet added to the tree, or if it has been removed from the tree, the parent is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic). For all other nodes, the value returned depends on the NodeType of the node. The following table describes the possible return values for the ParentNode property.


Return Value of ParentNode

Attribute, Document, DocumentFragment, Entity, Notation

Returns a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic); these nodes do not have parents.


Returns the element or entity reference containing the CDATA section.


Returns the element, entity reference, document type, or document containing the comment.


Returns the document node.


Returns the parent node of the element. If the element is the root node in the tree, the parent is the document node.


Returns the element, attribute, or entity reference containing the entity reference.


Returns the document, element, document type, or entity reference containing the processing instruction.


Returns the parent element, attribute, or entity reference containing the text node.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0