Membership.Providers Property

Gets a collection of the membership providers for the ASP.NET application.

Namespace: System.Web.Security
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

public static MembershipProviderCollection Providers { get; }
/** @property */
public static MembershipProviderCollection get_Providers ()

public static function get Providers () : MembershipProviderCollection

Not applicable.

Property Value

A MembershipProviderCollection of the membership providers configured for the ASP.NET application.

The Providers property references all of the membership providers enabled for an application, including providers added in the Web.config file for the application and the Machine.config file for all applications. You can control which membership providers are available for an application using the providers element of the membership Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema) section in the configuration for your application. For example, the following sample shows the membership Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema) section in the Web.config file for an application that removes the SqlMembershipProvider instance (AspNetSqlProvider) specified in the machine configuration file and adds a SqlMembershipProvider instance named SqlProvider as the default membership provider for the application.

    <add name="SqlServices" connectionString="Data Source=MySqlServer;Integrated Security=SSPI;Initial Catalog=aspnetdb;" />
    <membership defaultProvider="SqlProvider" userIsOnlineTimeWindow="20">
        <remove name="AspNetSqlProvider" />
          <add name="SqlProvider"
            applicationName="/" />

When specifying the membership Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema) section, you must specify the defaultProvider attribute. If you do not specify a membership Element (ASP.NET Settings Schema) section in your Web.config, the values from the machine configuration are used and the SqlMembershipProvider instance named AspNetSqlProvider is established as the defaultProvider.

You can obtain a strongly typed reference to a provider from the Providers collection by indexing the membership provider by name and casting it as the desired type.

The following code example lists the providers enabled for an application and their respective types.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Web.Security" %>
<%@ Import Namespace="System.Configuration.Provider" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="" >
<title>List Enabled Providers</title>

foreach (ProviderBase p in Membership.Providers)
  Response.Write(p.Name + ", " + p.GetType() + "<br />");


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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

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