Sunday, December 14, 2008

Get XML String from XElement

You can use the WriteTo method of the XElement object to an XmlWriter and this can be created in ten different ways like by giving a filename or passing a stream as output or simply giving the StringBuilder to write to:

/// <summary>
/// Generates XML string from an XElement
/// summary>
/// <param name="xml">XElement source</param>
public string GetXmlString(XElement xml)
// could also be any other stream
StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();

// Initialize a new writer settings
XmlWriterSettings xws = new XmlWriterSettings();
= true;
= true;

using (XmlWriter xw = XmlWriter.Create(sb, xws))
// the actual writing takes place

return sb.ToString();


It is important to know that the XElement already supports ToString which generates the same results as this code, but when you want to get something else, this could be a good start.

See further information in MSDN.


Marthinus said...

Thanks for this - it really helped a lot!

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