InheritInChildApplications Property

SectionInformation.InheritInChildApplications Property

Gets or sets a value that indicates whether the settings that are specified in the associated configuration section are inherited by applications that reside in a subdirectory of the relevant application.

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

public bool InheritInChildApplications { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the settings specified in this ConfigurationSection object are inherited by child applications; otherwise, false. The default is true.

The InheritInChildApplications property represents the inheritInChildApplicationsattribute of a location element in a configuration file.

Set InheritInChildApplications to false to prevent settings that are specific to a certain location (such as the root directory of a Web site) from being inherited by applications that exist in subdirectories.

The following example shows how to use this attribute in a configuration file to specify that the settings defined in the location element for the root of a Web site should not be inherited by child applications:

<location path="." inheritInChildApplications="false">

The InheritInChildApplications property applies only to location-specific configuration settings.

The following example shows how to get the InheritInChildApplications value of a ConfigurationSection object.

static public void GetInheritInChildApps()
    SectionInformation sInfo =

    bool inheritInChildApps =
    Console.WriteLine("Inherit in child apps: {0}",


.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.

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