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CryptoConfig.CreateFromName Method (String)

Creates a new instance of the specified cryptographic object.

Namespace:  System.Security.Cryptography
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static Object CreateFromName(
	string name


Type: System.String

The simple name of the cryptographic object of which to create an instance.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
A new instance of the specified cryptographic object.


The name parameter is null.


The algorithm described by the name parameter was used with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) mode enabled, but is not FIPS compatible.

For a list of simple names recognized by this class, see CryptoConfig.

The following code example demonstrates how to call the CreateFromName method to create a new SHA1 provider. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the CryptoConfig class.

SHA1CryptoServiceProvider SHA1alg = 

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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