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Configuration.ConnectionStrings Property

Gets a ConnectionStringsSection configuration-section object that applies to this Configuration object.

Namespace:  System.Configuration
Assembly:  System.Configuration (in System.Configuration.dll)

public ConnectionStringsSection ConnectionStrings { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Configuration.ConnectionStringsSection
A ConnectionStringsSection configuration-section object representing the connectionStrings configuration section that applies to this Configuration object.

Use the ConnectionStrings property to access and change the connectionStrings configuration section defined in the open configuration file.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the ConnectionStrings property.

ConnectionStringsSection
    conStrSection =
    config.ConnectionStrings as ConnectionStringsSection;
Console.WriteLine("Section name: {0}",
    conStrSection.SectionInformation.SectionName);

try
{
    if (conStrSection.ConnectionStrings.Count != 0)
    {
        Console.WriteLine();
        Console.WriteLine("Using ConnectionStrings property.");
        Console.WriteLine("Connection strings:");

        // Get the collection elements. 
        foreach (ConnectionStringSettings connection in
          conStrSection.ConnectionStrings)
        {
            string name = connection.Name;
            string provider = connection.ProviderName;
            string connectionString = connection.ConnectionString;

            Console.WriteLine("Name:               {0}",
              name);
            Console.WriteLine("Connection string:  {0}",
              connectionString);
            Console.WriteLine("Provider:            {0}",
               provider);
        }
    }
}
catch (ConfigurationErrorsException e)
{
    Console.WriteLine("Using ConnectionStrings property: {0}",
        e.ToString());
}

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

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
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