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ICredentials Interface

Provides the base authentication interface for retrieving credentials for Web client authentication.

Namespace: System.Net
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public interface ICredentials
public interface ICredentials
public interface ICredentials

The ICredentials interface provides the GetCredential method to objects that supply network credentials to applications.

The following example illustrates how to use the ICredentials interface.

class CredentialList : ICredentials
{
    class CredentialInfo
    {
        public Uri uriObj;
        public String authenticationType;
        public NetworkCredential networkCredentialObj;
  
        public CredentialInfo(Uri uriObj, String authenticationType, NetworkCredential networkCredentialObj)
        {
            this.uriObj = uriObj;
            this.authenticationType = authenticationType;
            this.networkCredentialObj = networkCredentialObj;
        }
    }

    private ArrayList arrayListObj;

    public CredentialList()
    {
        arrayListObj = new ArrayList();
    }

    public void Add (Uri uriObj, String authenticationType, NetworkCredential credential)
    {
        // Add a 'CredentialInfo' object into a list.
        arrayListObj.Add (new CredentialInfo(uriObj, authenticationType, credential));      
    }
    // Remove the 'CredentialInfo' object from the list that matches to the given 'Uri' and 'AuthenticationType'
    public void Remove (Uri uriObj, String authenticationType)
    {
        for(int index=0;index < arrayListObj.Count; index++)
        {
            CredentialInfo credentialInfo = (CredentialInfo)arrayListObj[index];
            if(uriObj.Equals(credentialInfo.uriObj)&& authenticationType.Equals(credentialInfo.authenticationType))
                arrayListObj.RemoveAt(index);
        }
    }
    public NetworkCredential GetCredential (Uri uriObj, String authenticationType)
    {
        for(int index=0;index < arrayListObj.Count; index++)
        {
            CredentialInfo credentialInfoObj = (CredentialInfo)arrayListObj[index];
            if(uriObj.Equals(credentialInfoObj.uriObj) && authenticationType.Equals(credentialInfoObj.authenticationType))
                return credentialInfoObj.networkCredentialObj;
        }
        return null;
    }
};

class CredentialList implements ICredentials
{
    class CredentialInfo
    {
        public Uri uriObj;
        public String authenticationType;
        public NetworkCredential networkCredentialObj;

        public CredentialInfo(Uri uriObj, String authenticationType, 
            NetworkCredential networkCredentialObj)
        {
            this.uriObj = uriObj;
            this.authenticationType = authenticationType;
            this.networkCredentialObj = networkCredentialObj;
        } //CredentialInfo
    } //CredentialInfo

    private ArrayList arrayListObj;

    public CredentialList()
    {
        arrayListObj = new ArrayList();
    } //CredentialList

    public void Add(Uri uriObj, String authenticationType, 
        NetworkCredential credential)
    {
        // Add a 'CredentialInfo' object into a list.
        arrayListObj.Add(new CredentialInfo(uriObj, 
            authenticationType, credential));
    } //Add

    // Remove the 'CredentialInfo' object from the list that matches to 
    // the given 'Uri' and 'AuthenticationType'
    public void Remove(Uri uriObj, String authenticationType)
    {
        for (int index = 0; index < arrayListObj.get_Count(); index++) {
            CredentialInfo credentialInfo = (CredentialInfo)
                arrayListObj.get_Item(index);

            if (uriObj.Equals(credentialInfo.uriObj) && 
                authenticationType.Equals(credentialInfo.authenticationType)) {
                arrayListObj.RemoveAt(index);
            }
        }
    } //Remove

    public NetworkCredential GetCredential(Uri uriObj, 
        String authenticationType)
    {
        for (int index = 0; index < arrayListObj.get_Count(); index++) {
            CredentialInfo credentialInfoObj = (CredentialInfo)
                arrayListObj.get_Item(index);

            if (uriObj.Equals(credentialInfoObj.uriObj) && 
                authenticationType.Equals(credentialInfoObj.
                authenticationType)) {
                return credentialInfoObj.networkCredentialObj;
            }
        }
        return null;
    } //GetCredential
} //CredentialList

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0
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