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X509Chain.ChainElements Property

Gets a collection of X509ChainElement objects.

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

public X509ChainElementCollection ChainElements { get; }

Each X509ChainElement object is a representation of an element in the chain that was built during a call to the Build method.

A chain element consists of an X509Certificate2 object, an X509ChainStatus structure, and an extra information string (available only on Windows XP platforms).

The following code example opens the current user's personal certificate store, allows you to select a certificate, then writes certificate and certificate chain information to the console. The output depends on the certificate you select.

		//Output chain element information.
		Console.WriteLine ("Chain Element Information");
		Console.WriteLine ("Number of chain elements: {0}", ch.ChainElements.Count);
		Console.WriteLine ("Chain elements synchronized? {0} {1}", ch.ChainElements.IsSynchronized, Environment.NewLine);
	
		foreach (X509ChainElement element in ch.ChainElements)
		{
			Console.WriteLine ("Element issuer name: {0}", element.Certificate.Issuer);
			Console.WriteLine ("Element certificate valid until: {0}", element.Certificate.NotAfter);
			Console.WriteLine ("Element certificate is valid: {0}", element.Certificate.Verify ());
			Console.WriteLine ("Element error status length: {0}", element.ChainElementStatus.Length);
			Console.WriteLine ("Element information: {0}", element.Information);
			Console.WriteLine ("Number of element extensions: {0}{1}", element.Certificate.Extensions.Count, Environment.NewLine);

			if (ch.ChainStatus.Length > 1)
			{
				for (int index = 0; index < element.ChainElementStatus.Length; index++)
				{
					Console.WriteLine (element.ChainElementStatus[index].Status);
					Console.WriteLine (element.ChainElementStatus[index].StatusInformation);
				}
			}
		}
		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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