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NameValueConfigurationCollection Class

Contains a collection of NameValueConfigurationElement objects. This class cannot be inherited.

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

public sealed class NameValueConfigurationCollection : ConfigurationElementCollection

The NameValueConfigurationCollection class allows you to programmatically access a collection of NameValueConfigurationElement objects.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the NameValueConfigurationCollection type.

#region Using directives

using System;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Web.Configuration;
using System.Collections;
using System.Text;


namespace Samples.AspNet
    class UsingNameValueConfigurationCollection
        static void Main(string[] args)
                // Set the path of the config file. 
                // Make sure that you have a Web site on the 
                // same server called TestConfig.
                string configPath = "/TestConfig";

                // Get the Web application configuration object.
                Configuration config =

                // Get the section related object.
                AnonymousIdentificationSection configSection =

                // Display title and info.
                Console.WriteLine("Configuration Info");

                // Display Config details.
                Console.WriteLine("File Path: {0}",
                Console.WriteLine("Section Path: {0}",

                // Create a NameValueConfigurationCollection object.
                NameValueConfigurationCollection myNameValConfigCollection =
                  new NameValueConfigurationCollection();

                foreach (PropertyInformation propertyItem in
                    // Assign  domain name. 
                    if (propertyItem.Name == "domain")
                        propertyItem.Value = "MyDomain";

                    if (propertyItem.Value != null)
                        // Enable SSL for cookie exchange. 
                        if (propertyItem.Name == "cookieRequireSSL")
                            propertyItem.Value = true;

                        NameValueConfigurationElement nameValConfigElement =
                            new NameValueConfigurationElement
                                (propertyItem.Name.ToString(), propertyItem.Value.ToString());

                        // Add a NameValueConfigurationElement 
                        // to the collection.


                // Count property.
                Console.WriteLine("Collection Count: {0}",

                // Item property.
                Console.WriteLine("Value of property 'enabled': {0}",

                // Display the contents of the collection. 
                foreach (NameValueConfigurationElement configItem
                  in myNameValConfigCollection)
                    Console.WriteLine("Configuration Details:");
                    Console.WriteLine("Name: {0}", configItem.Name);
                    Console.WriteLine("Value: {0}", configItem.Value);

                // Assign the domain calue.
                configSection.Domain = myNameValConfigCollection["domain"].Value;
                // Assign the SSL required value. 
                if (myNameValConfigCollection["cookieRequireSSL"].Value == "true")
                    configSection.CookieRequireSSL = true;

                // Remove domain from the collection.
                NameValueConfigurationElement myConfigElement =
                // Remove method.

                // Save changes to the configuration file. 
                // This modifies the Web.config of the TestConfig site.
                config.Save(ConfigurationSaveMode.Minimal, true);

                // Clear the collection.

            catch (Exception e)
                // Unknown error.

            // Display and wait.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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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