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XmlDocument.GetElementsByTagName Method (String, String)

Returns an XmlNodeList containing a list of all descendant elements that match the specified LocalName and NamespaceURI.

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

public virtual XmlNodeList GetElementsByTagName (
	string localName,
	string namespaceURI
public XmlNodeList GetElementsByTagName (
	String localName, 
	String namespaceURI
public function GetElementsByTagName (
	localName : String, 
	namespaceURI : String
) : XmlNodeList



The LocalName to match. The special value "*" matches all tags.


NamespaceURI to match.

Return Value

An XmlNodeList containing a list of all matching nodes.

The nodes are placed in the order in which they would be encountered in the document tree.


It is recommended that you use the System.Xml.XmlNode.SelectNodes or System.Xml.XmlNode.SelectSingleNode method instead of the GetElementsByTagName method.

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