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X509Certificate Constructor (Byte[])

Initializes a new instance of the X509Certificate class defined from a sequence of bytes representing an X.509v3 certificate.

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

public X509Certificate(
	byte[] data
)

Parameters

data
Type: System.Byte[]

A byte array containing data from an X.509 certificate.

ExceptionCondition
CryptographicException

An error with the certificate occurs. For example:

  • The certificate file does not exist.

  • The certificate is invalid.

  • The certificate's password is incorrect.

ArgumentException

The rawData parameter is null.

-or-

The length of the rawData parameter is 0.

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

If you create an X509Certificate certificate by specifying a PKCS7 signed file store for data, the X509Certificate is created for the certificate that signed the store rather than for any of the certificates within the store.

The following example loads an X.509 certificate file into an X509Certificate object, exports the certificate as a byte array, and then imports the byte array into another X509Certificate object.

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


public class X509
{

    public static void Main()
    {

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

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


        byte[] certData = cert.Export(X509ContentType.Cert);

        X509Certificate newCert = new X509Certificate(certData);

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

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

        // Get the value.
        string resultsFalse = newCert.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, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0
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