X509KeyStorageFlags Enumeration


The .NET API Reference documentation has a new home. Visit the .NET API Browser on docs.microsoft.com to see the new experience.

Defines where and how to import the private key of an X.509 certificate.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

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

public enum X509KeyStorageFlags

Member nameDescription

The default key set is used. The user key set is usually the default.


The key associated with a PFX file is created in memory and not persisted on disk when importing a certificate.


Imported keys are marked as exportable.


Private keys are stored in the local computer store rather than the current user store.


The key associated with a PFX file is persisted when importing a certificate.


Private keys are stored in the current user store rather than the local computer store. This occurs even if the certificate specifies that the keys should go in the local computer store.


Notify the user through a dialog box or other method that the key is accessed. The Cryptographic Service Provider (CSP) in use defines the precise behavior.

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Return to top