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SettingsProviderAttribute Class

Specifies the settings provider used to provide storage for the current application settings class or property. This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Configuration.SettingsProviderAttribute

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

[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class|AttributeTargets.Property)]
public sealed class SettingsProviderAttribute : Attribute

The SettingsProviderAttribute type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSettingsProviderAttribute(String)Initializes an instance of the SettingsProviderAttribute class.
Public methodSettingsProviderAttribute(Type)Initializes a new instance of the SettingsProviderAttribute class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyProviderTypeNameGets the type name of the settings provider.
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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Each application settings class defines a group of application settings properties that represent information that persists between executions of the application. However, it is a settings provider—a class derived from SettingsProvider—that actually provides the storage mechanism.

The SettingsProviderAttribute specifies the settings provider used to provide storage for application settings properties. This attribute can be applied to the entire application settings class or individual application settings properties. A SettingsProviderAttribute set at the property level will override the class-level attribute. If a settings provider is not explicitly specified, the default provider is used. For client applications, the default provider is LocalFileSettingsProvider.

Setting providers cannot be determined at run time. Any run-time determination of storage methods must be coded into the settings provider class itself.

Caution noteCaution

Using custom settings providers from arbitrary third parties is inherently unsafe because these providers have full read/write access to your application's configuration information. A settings provider should be thoroughly vetted before it is adopted for general use.

.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.

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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