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Reading XML Files

May 5, 2011

Since my tasks today entailed reading and writing XML files, I thought I would write a simple XML reader that writes to the console the elements and text values of all the XML files in a directory, here goes: –

string[] xmlFiles = Directory.GetFiles(@”C:XML”, “*.xml”, SearchOption.TopDirectoryOnly);

}if (xmlFiles.Length == 0)


    Console.WriteLine(@”No xml file found under C:Conversion directory , please try again”);

    Console.WriteLine(“Press any key to exit.”);



The last portion of code simply writes the XML element names and its values to the console.

foreach (string file in xmlFiles)


    XmlTextReader reader = newXmlTextReader(file);

    while (reader.Read())


        switch (reader.NodeType)


            case XmlNodeType.Element: // The node is an element.

                Console.Write(“<“ + reader.Name);



            case X mlNodeType.Text: //Display the text in each element.

                Console.WriteLine (reader.Value);


            case X mlNodeType.EndElement: //Display the end of the element.

                Console.Write(“</” + reader.Name);








Obviously this is a very simple example, but you can manipulate the name and values, and store them for later use for something, in my case i am interested in the attributes, so you can do a read based on the case element, and use the code: –


This gets the value of the first attribute of that XML element tag.

Hope that helps.


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