ResXResourceSet Class

Gathers all items that represent an XML resource (.resx) file into a single object.

Namespace: System.Resources
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in

public class ResXResourceSet : ResourceSet
public class ResXResourceSet extends ResourceSet
public class ResXResourceSet extends ResourceSet

The ResXResourceSet class enumerates over an IResourceReader, loading every name and value, and storing them in a hash table.

A ResXResourceSet provides a convenient way to read all the resources in a .resx file into memory. You can use the GetObject method to retrieve a particular resource once the .resx file has been read into a ResXResourceSet.

For more information on the format of a .resx file, see Resources in .Resx File Format.

Notes to Inheritors Derived classes of ResXResourceSet using their own resource reader and writer should override GetDefaultReader and GetDefaultWriter to provide the appropriate functionality for interpreting the ResXResourceSet.


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

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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