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Configuration.GetSection Method

Returns the specified ConfigurationSection object.

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

Public Function GetSection ( _
	sectionName As String _
) As ConfigurationSection


Type: System.String
The path to the section to be returned.

Configuration settings are contained within sections that group similar settings together for convenience. The GetSection method retrieves a configuration section by its name.

The following example shows how to use the GetSection method to access a custom section. For the complete example code that defines a class that stores information for the CustomSection section, see the Configuration class overview.

' Show how to use the GetSection(string) method.
Public Shared Sub GetCustomSection()

        Dim customSection As CustomSection

        ' Get the current configuration file.
        Dim config As System.Configuration.Configuration = TryCast(ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(ConfigurationUserLevel.None), Configuration)

        customSection = TryCast(config.GetSection("CustomSection"), CustomSection)

        Console.WriteLine("Section name: {0}", customSection.Name)
        Console.WriteLine("Url: {0}", customSection.Url)
        Console.WriteLine("Port: {0}", customSection.Port)

    Catch err As ConfigurationErrorsException
        Console.WriteLine("Using GetSection(string): {0}", err.ToString())
    End Try

End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.