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XmlNodeList Class

Represents an ordered collection of nodes.

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

public abstract class XmlNodeList : IEnumerable

Changes to the children of the node object that the XmlNodeList collection was created from are immediately reflected in the nodes returned by the XmlNodeList properties and methods. XmlNodeList supports iteration and indexed access.

XmlNodeList is returned by the following properties and methods.

  • XmlNode.ChildNodes - Returns an XmlNodeList containing all the children of the node.

  • XmlNode.SelectNodes - Returns an XmlNodeList containing a collection of nodes matching the XPath query.

  • GetElementsByTagName - Returns an XmlNodeList containing a list of all descendant elements that match the specified name. This method is available in both the XmlDocument and XmlElement classes.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0