GetSection Method
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ConfigurationManager.GetSection Method

Retrieves a specified configuration section for the current application's default configuration.

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

public static Object GetSection(
	string sectionName


Type: System.String

The configuration section path and name.

Return Value

Type: System.Object
The specified ConfigurationSection object, or null if the section does not exist.


A configuration file could not be loaded.

For client applications, this method retrieves a configuration file obtained by merging the application configuration file, the local user configuration file, and the roaming configuration file.

The GetSection method accesses run-time configuration information that it cannot change. To change the configuration, you use the GetSection method on the configuration file that you obtain by using one of the following Open methods:

Notes to Implementers:

You must cast the return value to the expected configuration type. To avoid possible casting exceptions, you should use a conditional casting operation such as the as operator in C# or the TryCast function in Visual Basic.

The following example shows how to use the GetSection method. The example is part of a larger example that is provided for the ConfigurationManager class.

// Create the AppSettings section. 
// The function uses the GetSection(string)method  
// to access the configuration section.  
// It also adds a new element to the section collection. 
public static void CreateAppSettings()
  // Get the application configuration file.
  System.Configuration.Configuration config =

  string sectionName = "appSettings";

  // Add an entry to appSettings. 
  int appStgCnt =
  string newKey = "NewKey" + appStgCnt.ToString();

  string newValue = DateTime.Now.ToLongDateString() + 
    " " + DateTime.Now.ToLongTimeString();

  config.AppSettings.Settings.Add(newKey, newValue);

  // Save the configuration file.

  // Force a reload of the changed section. This  
  // makes the new values available for reading.

  // Get the AppSettings section.
  AppSettingsSection appSettingSection =

  Console.WriteLine("Using GetSection(string).");
  Console.WriteLine("AppSettings section:");

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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