X509Certificate.GetRawCertData Method ()


Returns the raw data for the entire X.509v3 certificate as an array of bytes.

Namespace:   System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public virtual byte[] GetRawCertData()

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]

A byte array containing the X.509 certificate data.

The following example uses the GetRawCertData method to return a certificate's raw data as an array of bytes and displays it to the console.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;

public class X509

    public static void Main()

        // The path to the certificate.
        string Certificate =  "Certificate.cer";

        // Load the certificate into an X509Certificate object.
        X509Certificate cert = X509Certificate.CreateFromCertFile(Certificate);

        // Get the value.
        byte[] results = cert.GetRawCertData();

        // Display the value to the console.
        foreach(byte b in results)



.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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