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Format XML in C#

September 09, 2009

Below is a small snippet showing how to format (or re-format) XML so it’s indented. XML isn’t stored in this humanly readable way in databases (or in System.XML’s various writers), so this method makes the XML easier on the eyes.

/// <summary>
/// Formats the provided XML so it's indented and humanly-readable.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="inputXml">The input XML to format.</param>
/// <returns></returns>
public static string FormatXml(string inputXml)
XmlDocument document = new XmlDocument();
document.Load(new StringReader(inputXml));
StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();
using (XmlTextWriter writer = new XmlTextWriter(new StringWriter(builder)))
writer.Formatting = Formatting.Indented;
return builder.ToString();
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