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ConfigurationPropertyAttribute Class

Declaratively instructs the .NET Framework to instantiate a configuration property. This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Configuration.ConfigurationPropertyAttribute

Namespace:  System.Configuration
Assembly:  System.Configuration (in System.Configuration.dll)

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Property)]
public sealed class ConfigurationPropertyAttribute : Attribute

The ConfigurationPropertyAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodConfigurationPropertyAttributeInfrastructure. Initializes a new instance of ConfigurationPropertyAttribute class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyDefaultValueGets or sets the default value for the decorated property.
Public propertyIsDefaultCollectionGets or sets a value indicating whether this is the default property collection for the decorated configuration property.
Public propertyIsKeyGets or sets a value indicating whether this is a key property for the decorated element property.
Public propertyIsRequiredGets or sets a value indicating whether the decorated element property is required.
Public propertyNameGets the name of the decorated configuration-element property.
Public propertyOptionsGets or sets the ConfigurationPropertyOptions for the decorated configuration-element property.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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  NameDescription
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
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You use the ConfigurationPropertyAttribute to decorate a configuration property, which will instruct the .NET Framework to instantiate and to initialize the property using the value of the decorating parameter.

NoteNote

The simplest way to create a custom configuration element is to use the attributed (declarative) model. You declare the custom public properties and decorate them with the ConfigurationPropertyAttribute attribute. For each property marked with this attribute, the .NET Framework uses reflection to read the decorating parameters and create a related ConfigurationProperty instance. You can also use the programmatic model, in which case it is your responsibility to declare the custom public properties and return their collection.

The .NET Framework configuration system provides attribute types that you can use during the creation of custom configuration elements. There are two kinds of attribute types:

  1. The types instructing the .NET Framework how to instantiate the custom configuration-element properties. These types include:

  2. The types instructing the .NET Framework how to validate the custom configuration-element properties. These types include:

The following example shows how to define the properties of a custom ConfigurationSection object using the ConfigurationPropertyAttribute attribute.

The example contains two classes. The UrlsSection custom class uses the ConfigurationPropertyAttribute to define its own properties. The UsingConfigurationPropertyAttribute class uses the UrlsSection to read and write the custom section in the application configuration file.

using System;
using System.Configuration;


// Define a custom section. 
// This class shows how to use the ConfigurationPropertyAttribute. 
public class UrlsSection : ConfigurationSection
{
    [ConfigurationProperty("name", DefaultValue = "Contoso",
        IsRequired = true, IsKey = true)]
    public string Name
    {
        get
        {
            return (string)this["name"];
        }
        set
        {
            this["name"] = value;
        }
    }

    [ConfigurationProperty("url", DefaultValue = "http://www.contoso.com",
        IsRequired = true)]
    [RegexStringValidator(@"\w+:\/\/[\w.]+\S*")]
    public string Url
    {
        get
        {
            return (string)this["url"];
        }
        set
        {
            this["url"] = value;
        }
    }

    [ConfigurationProperty("port", DefaultValue = (int)0, IsRequired = false)]
    [IntegerValidator(MinValue = 0, MaxValue = 8080, ExcludeRange = false)]
    public int Port
    {
        get
        {
            return (int)this["port"];
        }
        set
        {
            this["port"] = value;
        }
    }
}
using System;
using System.Configuration;

public class UsingConfigurationPropertyAttribute
{

    // Create a custom section and save it in the  
    // application configuration file. 
    static void CreateCustomSection()
    {
        try
        {

            // Create a custom configuration section.
            UrlsSection customSection = new UrlsSection();

            // Get the current configuration file.
            System.Configuration.Configuration config =
                    ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(
                    ConfigurationUserLevel.None);

            // Add the custom section to the application 
            // configuration file. 
            if (config.Sections["CustomSection"] == null)
            {
                config.Sections.Add("CustomSection", customSection);
            }


            // Save the application configuration file.
            customSection.SectionInformation.ForceSave = true;
            config.Save(ConfigurationSaveMode.Modified);

            Console.WriteLine("Created custom section in the application configuration file: {0}",
                config.FilePath);
            Console.WriteLine();

        }
        catch (ConfigurationErrorsException err)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("CreateCustomSection: {0}", err.ToString());
        }

    }

    static void ReadCustomSection()
    {
        try
        {
            // Get the application configuration file.
            System.Configuration.Configuration config =
                    ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(
                    ConfigurationUserLevel.None) as Configuration;

            // Read and display the custom section.
            UrlsSection customSection =
                config.GetSection("CustomSection") as UrlsSection;
            Console.WriteLine("Reading custom section from the configuration file.");
            Console.WriteLine("Section name: {0}", customSection.Name);
            Console.WriteLine("Url: {0}", customSection.Url);
            Console.WriteLine("Port: {0}", customSection.Port);
            Console.WriteLine();
        }
        catch (ConfigurationErrorsException err)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("ReadCustomSection(string): {0}", err.ToString());
        }

    }

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {

        // Get the name of the application. 
        string appName =
            Environment.GetCommandLineArgs()[0];

        // Create a custom section and save it in the  
        // application configuration file.
        CreateCustomSection();

        // Read the custom section saved in the 
        // application configuration file.
        ReadCustomSection();

        Console.WriteLine("Press enter to exit.");

        Console.ReadLine();
    }
}

The following is an excerpt of the configuration file containing the custom section as defined in the previous sample.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<configuration>
    <configSections>
        <section name="CustomSection" type="UrlsSection, UsingConfigurationPropertyAttribute, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null" />
    </configSections>
    <CustomSection name="Contoso" url="http://www.contoso.com" />
</configuration>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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