Import Method (String, SecureString, X509KeyStorageFlags)

X509Certificate2.Import Method (String, SecureString, X509KeyStorageFlags)

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Populates an X509Certificate2 object with information from a certificate file, a password, and a key storage flag.

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

public override void Import (
	string fileName,
	SecureString password,
	X509KeyStorageFlags keyStorageFlags
public void Import (
	String fileName, 
	SecureString password, 
	X509KeyStorageFlags keyStorageFlags
public override function Import (
	fileName : String, 
	password : SecureString, 
	keyStorageFlags : X509KeyStorageFlags



The name of a certificate file.


The password required to access the X.509 certificate data.


One of the X509KeyStorageFlags values that controls where and how to import the private key.

Security Note   Never hard code a password within your source code. Hard-coded passwords can be retrieved from an assembly using the MSIL Disassembler (Ildasm.exe), a hex editor, or by simply opening up the assembly in a text editor such as Notepad.exe.

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

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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