Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· spinksy

Parsing data from an XML string property - C#

Sure this is a simple one, but I often find myself coming back to working with Xml strings and having to remind myself exactly how to extract the data I need. Why not make life easier and make a reference for next time.

So, suppose you have c# object 'user', which has a 'Data' string property that contains Xml that you would like to query.

e.g. user.Data == "<root><name>This is the data</name></root>

XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
var result = doc.SelectSingleNode("//name");</code></pre>

Line 1: Instantiate your 'XmlDocument' type

Line 2: Load the xml passing in a string argument (or filepath to an xmldoc)

Line 3: Provide your xPath to the data you want to extract

Query away....