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Select Data From XML With Where Clause Using LINQ to XML

By Vijay Prativadi on Oct 16, 2012
Today, in this article let’s play around with one of the interesting and most useful concepts in LINQ to XML.
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Today, in this article let's play around with one of the interesting and most useful concepts in LINQ to XML.

Question: What is select data from XML with where clause using LINQ to XML?

In simple terms "It provides flexibility to pull out the data from XML using a LINQ query by filtering the data based on element."

Step 1: Create a new "ASP.Net Web Forms Application", as in:


 Step 2: The complete code of Employee.xml looks like this:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>







    <FirstName>Ram Reddy</FirstName>




Step 3:
The complete code of webform1.aspx looks like this:


<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="WebForm1.aspx.cs" Inherits="LINQtoXMLSelectApp.WebForm1" %>


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="">

<head id="Head1" runat="server">




    <form id="form1" runat="server">





                    <td colspan="2">

                        <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="Select Data with Where Clause using LINQ to XML"

                            Font-Bold="true" Font-Size="Large" Font-Names="Verdana" ForeColor="Maroon"></asp:Label>




                    <td colspan="2" align="center">

                        <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="Select Data" Font-Names="Verdana" Width="213px"

                            BackColor="Orange" Font-Bold="True" OnClick="Button1_Click" />




                    <td colspan="2" align="center">

                        <br />

                        <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" BackColor="LightGoldenrodYellow" BorderColor="Tan"

                            BorderWidth="1px" CellPadding="2" EnableModelValidation="True" ForeColor="Black"

                            GridLines="None" AutoGenerateColumns="False">

                            <AlternatingRowStyle BackColor="PaleGoldenrod"></AlternatingRowStyle>

                            <FooterStyle BackColor="Tan"></FooterStyle>

                            <HeaderStyle BackColor="Tan" Font-Bold="True"></HeaderStyle>

                            <PagerStyle HorizontalAlign="Center" BackColor="PaleGoldenrod" ForeColor="DarkSlateBlue">


                            <SelectedRowStyle BackColor="DarkSlateBlue" ForeColor="GhostWhite"></SelectedRowStyle>


                                <asp:BoundField DataField="FirstName" HeaderText="First Name" ReadOnly="true" />

                                <asp:BoundField DataField="Age" HeaderText="Age" ReadOnly="true" />











Step 4: The complete code of webform1.aspx.cs looks like this:


using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.UI;

using System.Web.UI.WebControls;

using System.Xml.Linq;

namespace LINQtoXMLSelectApp


    public partial class WebForm1 : System.Web.UI.Page


        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)



        protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


            XDocument document = XDocument.Load(@"c:\users\administrator\documents\visual studio 2010\Projects\LINQtoXMLSelectApp\LINQtoXMLSelectApp\Employee.xml");

            var query = from r in document.Descendants("Employee") where (int)r.Element("Age") > 27 select new


                FirstName = r.Element("FirstName").Value, Age = r.Element("Age").Value };

            GridView1.DataSource = query;





Step 5: The output of the application looks like this:




Step 6: The filtered data selected from XML looks like this:


I hope this article is useful for you.


Article Extensions
Contents added by Pankaj Kumar on May 30, 2013
Dear Sir,

I want to fetch/Select Data according to Id by passing/input through TextBox.

var query = from r in document.Descendants("Employee") where (int)r.Element("Age") > 27             it work fine

But I want
var query = from r in document.Descendants("Employee") where r.Element("Id") == TextBox4.Text   it do not work

Please give appropriate code.


var updateQuery = from r in document.Descendants("Employee")where r.Element("Id").Value == TextBox4.Textselect r; it do not work

Vijay Prativadi

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