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OpenFlags Enumeration

Specifies the way to open the X.509 certificate store.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

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

[FlagsAttribute]
public enum class OpenFlags

Member nameDescription
IncludeArchivedOpen the X.509 certificate store and include archived certificates.
MaxAllowedOpen the X.509 certificate store for the highest access allowed.
OpenExistingOnlyOpens only existing stores; if no store exists, the Open method will not create a new store.
ReadOnlyOpen the X.509 certificate store for reading only.
ReadWriteOpen the X.509 certificate store for both reading and writing.

The ReadOnly, ReadWrite, and MaxAllowed flags are mutually exclusive. The OpenExistingOnly flag is the only flag that does not require the CreateStore permission to be granted.

The following code example opens an X.509 certificate store, adds and deletes certificates, and then closes the store. It assumes you have three certificates to add to and remove from a local store.

#using <System.dll>
#using <System.Security.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography::X509Certificates;
using namespace System::IO;
int main()
{

   //Create new X509 store called teststore from the local certificate store.
   X509Store ^ store = gcnew X509Store( "teststore",StoreLocation::CurrentUser );
   store->Open( OpenFlags::ReadWrite );
   X509Certificate2 ^ certificate = gcnew X509Certificate2;

   //Create certificates from certificate files. 
   //You must put in a valid path to three certificates in the following constructors.
   X509Certificate2 ^ certificate1 = gcnew X509Certificate2( "c:\\mycerts\\*****.cer" );
   X509Certificate2 ^ certificate2 = gcnew X509Certificate2( "c:\\mycerts\\*****.cer" );
   X509Certificate2 ^ certificate5 = gcnew X509Certificate2( "c:\\mycerts\\*****.cer" );

   //Create a collection and add two of the certificates.
   X509Certificate2Collection ^ collection = gcnew X509Certificate2Collection;
   collection->Add( certificate2 );
   collection->Add( certificate5 );

   //Add certificates to the store.
   store->Add( certificate1 );
   store->AddRange( collection );
   X509Certificate2Collection ^ storecollection = dynamic_cast<X509Certificate2Collection^>(store->Certificates);
   Console::WriteLine( "Store name: {0}", store->Name );
   Console::WriteLine( "Store location: {0}", store->Location );
   System::Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum = storecollection->GetEnumerator();
   while ( myEnum->MoveNext() )
   {
      X509Certificate2 ^ x509 = safe_cast<X509Certificate2 ^>(myEnum->Current);
      Console::WriteLine( "certificate name: {0}", x509->Subject );
   }


   //Remove a certificate.
   store->Remove( certificate1 );
   X509Certificate2Collection ^ storecollection2 = dynamic_cast<X509Certificate2Collection^>(store->Certificates);
   Console::WriteLine( "{1}Store name: {0}", store->Name, Environment::NewLine );
   System::Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum1 = storecollection2->GetEnumerator();
   while ( myEnum1->MoveNext() )
   {
      X509Certificate2 ^ x509 = safe_cast<X509Certificate2 ^>(myEnum1->Current);
      Console::WriteLine( "certificate name: {0}", x509->Subject );
   }


   //Remove a range of certificates.
   store->RemoveRange( collection );
   X509Certificate2Collection ^ storecollection3 = dynamic_cast<X509Certificate2Collection^>(store->Certificates);
   Console::WriteLine( "{1}Store name: {0}", store->Name, Environment::NewLine );
   if ( storecollection3->Count == 0 )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Store contains no certificates." );
   }
   else
   {
      System::Collections::IEnumerator^ myEnum2 = storecollection3->GetEnumerator();
      while ( myEnum2->MoveNext() )
      {
         X509Certificate2 ^ x509 = safe_cast<X509Certificate2 ^>(myEnum2->Current);
         Console::WriteLine( "certificate name: {0}", x509->Subject );
      }
   }


   //Close the store.
   store->Close();
}

.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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