How to: Read Object Data from an XML File (C# and Visual Basic)

This example reads object data that was previously written to an XML file using the XmlSerializer class.


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Public Class Book
    Public Title As String
End Class

Public Sub ReadXML()
    Dim reader As New System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(GetType(Book))
    Dim file As New System.IO.StreamReader(
    Dim overview As Book
    overview = CType(reader.Deserialize(file), Book)
End Sub
    public class Book
        public String title;

public void ReadXML()
    System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer reader = 
        new System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(typeof(Book));
    System.IO.StreamReader file = new System.IO.StreamReader(
    Book overview = new Book();
    overview = (Book)reader.Deserialize(file);



Compiling the Code

Replace the file name "c:\IntroToVB.xml" with the name of the file containing the serialized data. For more information about serializing data, see How to: Write Object Data to an XML File (C# and Visual Basic).

The class must have a public constructor without parameters.

Only public properties and fields are deserialized.

Robust Programming

The following conditions may cause an exception:

  • The class being serialized does not have a public, parameterless constructor.

  • The data in the file does not represent data from the class to be deserialized.

  • The file does not exist (IOException).


Always verify inputs, and never deserialize data from an untrusted source. The re-created object runs on a local computer with the permissions of the code that deserialized it. Verify all inputs before using the data in your application.

See Also


How to: Write Object Data to an XML File (C# and Visual Basic)




C# Programming Guide

Other Resources

Serialization (C# and Visual Basic)

Visual Basic Programming Guide