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X509Certificate.Export Method (X509ContentType, String)

Exports the current X509Certificate object to a byte array in a format described by one of the X509ContentType values, and using the specified password.

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

[ComVisibleAttribute(false)]
public virtual byte[] Export(
	X509ContentType contentType,
	string password
)

Parameters

contentType
Type: System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509ContentType

One of the X509ContentType values that describes how to format the output data.

password
Type: System.String

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

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
An array of bytes that represents the current X509Certificate object.

ExceptionCondition
CryptographicException

A value other than Cert, SerializedCert, or Pkcs12 was passed to the contentType parameter.

-or-

The certificate could not be exported.

The contentType parameter accepts only the following values of the X509ContentType enumeration: Cert, SerializedCert, and Pkcs12. Passing any other value causes a CryptographicException to be thrown.

Security noteSecurity Note

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

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