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XPathNavigator.GetNamespace Method

Returns the value of the namespace node corresponding to the specified local name.

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

public virtual string GetNamespace(
	string name


Type: System.String
The local name of the namespace node.

Return Value

Type: System.String
A String that contains the value of the namespace node; String.Empty if a matching namespace node is not found, or if the XPathNavigator is not positioned on an element node.

Namespaces xml and xmlns always return a value. If String.Empty is specified as the name parameter, the GetNamespace method returns the default xmlns namespace.

For a definition of namespace nodes, see section 5.4 of the W3C XML Path Language (XPath) recommendation located at

This method does not affect the state of the XPathNavigator.

.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.