Credentials Property

FormsAuthenticationConfiguration.Credentials Property

Gets the FormsAuthenticationCredentials collection of user names and passwords.

Namespace:  System.Web.Configuration
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public FormsAuthenticationCredentials Credentials { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Web.Configuration.FormsAuthenticationCredentials
A FormsAuthenticationCredentials collection that contains the user names and passwords.

The Credentials property gets the user names and passwords to use during forms-based authentication.


When security is required, you should use alternative ways of storing the user names and passwords; for example, in a database store. If you decide to use this collection, you should use the provided encryption facility.

The following code example shows how to access the Credentials property. Refer to the code example in the FormsAuthenticationConfiguration class topic to learn how to get the section.

// Get the current Credentials.
FormsAuthenticationCredentials currentCredentials = 

StringBuilder credentials = new StringBuilder();
// Get all the credentials.
for (System.Int32 i = 0; i < currentCredentials.Users.Count; i++)
    credentials.Append("Name: " + 
        currentCredentials.Users[i].Name + 
        " Password: " + 

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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