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GetFriendlyNameOfCert function

[The GetFriendlyNameOfCert function is available for use in the operating systems specified in the Requirements section. It may be altered or unavailable in subsequent versions. Instead, use the CertGetNameString function with the CERT_NAME_FRIENDLY_DISPLAY_TYPE flag.]

The GetFriendlyNameOfCert function retrieves the display name for a certificate.

Note  This function has no associated import library. You must use the LoadLibrary and GetProcAddress functions to dynamically link to CryptDlg.dll.


DWORD GetFriendlyNameOfCert(
  _In_   PCCERT_CONTEXT pccert,
  _Out_  LPTSTR pchBuffer,
  _In_   DWORD cchBuffer


pccert [in]

A pointer to the certificate context whose display name is being retrieved.

pchBuffer [out]

A pointer to a character string that receives the display name for the certificate.

cchBuffer [in]

Number of characters allocated for pchBuffer, including the terminating NULL character.

Return value

The return value is the number of characters, including the terminating NULL character, in the returned display name.


Minimum supported client

Windows XP [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]





Unicode and ANSI names

GetFriendlyNameOfCertW (Unicode) and GetFriendlyNameOfCertA (ANSI)



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