Generate C# class from XML

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asked Nov 17, 2010 by user496949

Can I generate a C# class from an XML file?

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answered Jan 17, 2010 by ng5000

You should consider svcutil (svcutil question)

Both xsd.exe and svcutil operate on the XML schema file (.xsd). Your XML must conform to a schema file to be used by either of these two tools.

Note that various 3rd party tools also exist for this.

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answered Jan 17, 2010 by albin-sunnanbo

You can use xsd as suggested by Darin.

In addition to that it is recommended to edit the test.xsd-file to create a more reasonable schema.

type="xs:string" can be changed to type="xs:int" for integer values
minOccurs="0" can be changed to minOccurs="1" where the field is required
maxOccurs="unbounded" can be changed to maxOccurs="1" where only one item is allowed

You can create more advanced xsd-s if you want to validate your data further, but this will at least give you reasonable data types in the generated c#.

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answered Nov 17, 2010 by darin-dimitrov

Yes, by using xsd.exe

D:\temp>xsd test.xml
Microsoft (R) Xml Schemas/DataTypes support utility
[Microsoft (R) .NET Framework, Version 4.0.30319.1]
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Writing file 'D:\temp\test.xsd'.

D:\temp>xsd test.xsd /classes
Microsoft (R) Xml Schemas/DataTypes support utility
[Microsoft (R) .NET Framework, Version 4.0.30319.1]
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Writing file 'D:\temp\test.cs'.
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answered Jan 5, 2013 by talon

I realise that this is a rather old post and you have probably moved on.

But I had the same problem as you so I decided to write my own program.

The problem with the "xml -> xsd -> classes" route for me was that it just generated a lump of code that was completely unmaintainable and I ended up turfing it.

It is in no way elegant but it did the job for me.

You can get it here: Please make suggestions if you like it.

SimpleXmlToCode

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answered Nov 26, 2013 by miszczu

If you are working on .NET 4.5 project in VS 2012 (or newer), you can just Special Paste your XML file as classes.

  1. Copy your XML file's content to clipboard
  2. In editor, select place where you want your classes to be pasted
  3. From the menu, select EDIT > Paste Special > Paste XML As Classes
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answered Jan 15, 2016 by d-kermott

At first I thought the Paste Special was the holy grail! But then I tried it and my hair turned white just like the Indiana Jones movie.

But now I use http://xmltocsharp.azurewebsites.net/ and now I'm as young as ever.

Here's a segment of what it generated:

namespace Xml2CSharp
{
    [XmlRoot(ElementName="entry")]
    public class Entry {
        [XmlElement(ElementName="hybrisEntryID")]
        public string HybrisEntryID { get; set; }
        [XmlElement(ElementName="mapicsLineSequenceNumber")]
        public string MapicsLineSequenceNumber { get; set; }
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answered Sep 15, 2017 by kiran-bakwad

Use below syntax to create schema class from XSD file.

C:\xsd C:\Test\test-Schema.xsd /classes /language:cs /out:C:\Test\
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