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X509Certificate::Export Method (X509ContentType, SecureString)

Exports the current X509Certificate object to a byte array using the specified format and a password.

Namespace:  System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public:
virtual array<unsigned char>^ Export(
	X509ContentType contentType, 
	SecureString^ password
)

Parameters

contentType
Type: System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates::X509ContentType

One of the X509ContentType values that describes how to format the output data.

password
Type: System.Security::SecureString

The password required to access the X.509 certificate data.

Return Value

Type: array<System::Byte>
A byte array that represents the current X509Certificate object.

ExceptionCondition
CryptographicException

A value other than Cert, SerializedCert, or Pkcs12 was passed to the contentType parameter.

-or-

The certificate could not be exported.

The contentType parameter accepts only the following values of the X509ContentType enumeration: Cert, SerializedCert, and Pkcs12. Passing any other value causes a CryptographicException to be thrown.

Security noteSecurity Note

Never hard code a password within your source code. Hard-coded passwords can be retrieved from an assembly using the Ildasm.exe (IL Disassembler), a hex editor, or by simply opening the assembly in a text editor such as Notepad.exe.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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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