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X509Certificate.CreateFromCertFile Method

Updated: January 2010

Creates an X.509v3 certificate using the name of a PKCS7 signed file.

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

public static X509Certificate CreateFromCertFile(
	string filename
)

Parameters

filename
Type: System.String

The path of the PKCS7 signed file from which to create the X.509 certificate.

Return Value

Type: System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate
The newly created X.509 certificate.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The filename parameter is null.

ASN.1 DER is the only certificate format supported by this class.

NoteNote:

The certificate file is not restricted to .cerfiles. Any PKCS7 signed file can be used, including an Authenticode signed .pfx file.

The following example creates an X509Certificate from a specified certification file.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;


public class X509
{

    public static void Main()
    {

        // The path to the certificate.
        string Certificate =  "Certificate.cer";

        // Load the certificate into an X509Certificate object.
        X509Certificate cert = X509Certificate.CreateFromCertFile(Certificate);

        // Get the value.
        string resultsTrue = cert.ToString(true);

        // Display the value to the console.
        Console.WriteLine(resultsTrue);

        // Get the value.
        string resultsFalse = cert.ToString(false);

        // Display the value to the console.
        Console.WriteLine(resultsFalse);

    }

}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Date

History

Reason

January 2010

Added information about the type of the certificate file.

Customer feedback.

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