SectionInformation.InheritInChildApplications Property


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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
Available since 2.0
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