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Package.CreateRelationship Method (Uri, TargetMode, String)

Creates a package-level relationship to a part with a given URI, target mode, and relationship type.

Namespace:  System.IO.Packaging
Assembly:  WindowsBase (in WindowsBase.dll)

public PackageRelationship CreateRelationship(
	Uri targetUri,
	TargetMode targetMode,
	string relationshipType
You cannot use methods in XAML.


Type: System.Uri

The uniform resource identifier (URI) of the target part.

Type: System.IO.Packaging.TargetMode

Indicates if the target part is Internal or External to the package.

Type: System.String

A URI that uniquely defines the role of the relationship.

Return Value

Type: System.IO.Packaging.PackageRelationship
The package-level relationship to the specified part.


targetUri or relationshipType is null.


The targetUri part is a PackageRelationship, or targetMode is Internal and targetUri is an absolute URI.


The value for targetMode is not valid.


The package is not open (Dispose or Close has been called).


The package is read-only.

A package-level relationship defines an association between the package and an associated target part or resource. A package-level relationship can be one of two forms.

  • Between a Package to a target part in the package.

  • Between a Package to a target resource outside the package.

In a package-relationship the package is considered the "owner" of the relationship. When the package is deleted, all the relationships owned by the package are also deleted.

CreateRelationship does not physically change the target part or resource in any way.

The target of a relationship cannot be another relationship.

If targetMode is specified as Internal, targetUri must be a relative URI that is formed according to the RFC 3986 Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) Generic Syntax specification. The internal relative URI can be either an absolute path that starts with a forward slash ("/") character such as "/page1.xaml" or "/images/picture4.jpg", or a relative path such as "../imagespicture1.jpg" that resolves against the package root ("/") as the base URI.

If targetMode is specified as External, targetUri can be either an absolute or relative URI formed according to the RFC 3986 Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) Generic Syntax specification. "" is an example of an absolute URI that references an external target resource "page2.xml". "images/picture1.jpg" is an example of a relative URI that also references an external target resource "1.jpg" but which resolves against the URI of the package itself.

relationshipType must be a URI that is formed according to the RFC 3986 Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) Generic Syntax specification. The following table shows the package-level relationshipType URIs defined by the Open Packaging Conventions (OPC) specification.

Package-level Relationship

Relationship Type URI

Core Properties data/core-properties

Digital Signature al-signature/signature

Digital Signature Certificate al-signature/certificate

Digital Signature Origin al-signature/origin

Thumbnail data/thumbnail

For more information about packaging and package relationships, see section 1.3 of the Open Packaging Conventions (OPC) specification available for download at

The following example illustrates how to use CreateRelationship to create a PackageRelationship between a Package and a root document part. For the complete sample, see Writing a Package Sample.

// Add the Document part to the Package
PackagePart packagePartDocument =

// Copy the data to the Document Part 
using (FileStream fileStream = new FileStream(
       documentPath, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read))
    CopyStream(fileStream, packagePartDocument.GetStream());
}// end:using(fileStream) - Close and dispose fileStream. 

// Add a Package Relationship to the Document Part

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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