Create a XML Tree from a String

I got a mail from a reader Martin this morning who asks me “I have a string containing XML tags and I need to create a XML document out of it without much efforts. Is there an easy way to do so. I can assure that the string contains valid xml

Yes Martin, there is an easy way to do so. You have to use the XDocument.Parse() method. Here’s an example. Add a reference to System.Xml.Linq and write the following code in a console application


static void Main(string[] args)
string str = @"<?xml version=""1.0""?>
<Country name=""India"">
<Capital>New Delhi</Capital>
// preserve whitespaces
XDocument xDoc = XDocument.Parse(str, LoadOptions.PreserveWhitespace);


Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
Dim s As String = "<?xml version=""1.0""?>" & ControlChars.CrLf & _
" <Country name=""India"">" & ControlChars.CrLf & _
" <Capital>New Delhi</Capital>" & ControlChars.CrLf & " </Country>"
' preserve whitespaces
Dim xDoc As XDocument = XDocument.Parse(s, LoadOptions.PreserveWhitespace)
End Sub


XML document from string

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