XContainer.ReplaceNodes Method (array<Object[])

Replaces the children nodes of this document or element with the specified content.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assembly:  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)


Public Sub ReplaceNodes ( _
    ParamArray content As Object() _
public void ReplaceNodes(
    params Object[] content


  • content
    Type: array<System.Object[]
    A parameter list of content objects.


For details about the valid content that can be passed to this function, see Valid Content of XElement and XDocument Objects.

This method will raise the Changed and the Changing events.

This method has snapshot semantics. It first creates a copy of the new content. It then removes all children nodes of this node. Finally, it adds the new content as children nodes. This means that you can replace children nodes using a query on the children nodes themselves.


The following example creates a dictionary and an XML tree. It then queries the dictionary, projects the results to an IEnumerable<T> of XElement, and replaces the contents of the XML tree with the results of the query.

Dim output As New StringBuilder
Dim root As XElement = _
root.ReplaceNodes( _
    From el In root.Elements _
    Where el.Value >= 3 _
    Select el)

OutputTextBlock.Text = output.ToString()
StringBuilder output = new StringBuilder();
XElement root = new XElement("Root",
    new XElement("Child", 1),
    new XElement("Child", 2),
    new XElement("Child", 3),
    new XElement("Child", 4),
    new XElement("Child", 5)
    from el in root.Elements()
    where (int)el >= 3
    select el
output.Append(root  + Environment.NewLine);

OutputTextBlock.Text = output.ToString();

Version Information


Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0


For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.