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ICredentials Interface

Provides the base authentication interface for retrieving credentials for Web client authentication.

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

public interface ICredentials

The ICredentials interface provides the GetCredential method to objects that supply network credentials to applications.

The following example illustrates how to use the ICredentials interface.

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__gc class CredentialList : public ICredentials {
   __gc class CredentialInfo {
      Uri* uriObj;
      String* authenticationType;
      NetworkCredential* networkCredentialObj;

      CredentialInfo(Uri* uriObj, String* authenticationType, NetworkCredential* networkCredentialObj) {
         this->uriObj = uriObj;
         this->authenticationType = authenticationType;
         this->networkCredentialObj = networkCredentialObj;

   ArrayList*  arrayListObj;

   CredentialList() {
      arrayListObj = new ArrayList();

   void Add (Uri* uriObj, String* authenticationType, NetworkCredential* credential) {
      // Add a 'CredentialInfo' object into a list.
      arrayListObj->Add (new CredentialInfo(uriObj, authenticationType, credential));

   // Remove the 'CredentialInfo' object from the list that matches to the given 'Uri' and 'AuthenticationType'
   void Remove (Uri* uriObj, String* authenticationType) {
      for (int index=0;index < arrayListObj->Count; index++) {
         CredentialInfo* credentialInfo = dynamic_cast<CredentialInfo*>(arrayListObj->Item[index]);
         if (uriObj->Equals(credentialInfo->uriObj)&& authenticationType->Equals(credentialInfo->authenticationType))

   NetworkCredential * GetCredential (Uri* uriObj, String* authenticationType) {
      for (int index=0;index < arrayListObj->Count; index++) {
         CredentialInfo* credentialInfoObj = dynamic_cast<CredentialInfo*>(arrayListObj->Item[index]);
         if (uriObj->Equals(credentialInfoObj->uriObj) && authenticationType->Equals(credentialInfoObj->authenticationType))
            return credentialInfoObj->networkCredentialObj;
      return 0;

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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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0