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FormsAuthenticationTicket.UserData Property

Gets a user-specific string stored with the ticket.

Namespace: System.Web.Security
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property UserData As String
'Usage
Dim instance As FormsAuthenticationTicket
Dim value As String

value = instance.UserData

/** @property */
public String get_UserData ()

public function get UserData () : String

Not applicable.

Property Value

A user-specific string stored with the ticket. The default is an empty string ("").

If the FormsAuthenticationTicket is created using a constructor that does not supply a userData parameter, the UserData property returns an empty string (""); otherwise, the version property returns the value supplied to the FormsAuthenticationTicket constructor.

You can use the UserData property to store additional user information with the FormsAuthenticationTicket that is not maintained by the FormsAuthenticationTicket property values.

NoteNote:

You should limit the amount of data stored in the UserData property. You must ensure that the size of the UserData property does not result in an invalid cookie or an excessively long URL.

The following code example displays the property values of the FormsAuthenticationTicket for the current logged-on user.

NoteNote:

If there is no logged-on user, the Identity property will be a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) and you will receive a compiler exception when attempting to cast the Identity property as a FormsIdentity object.

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="true"%>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<script runat="server">

    Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
        Welcome.InnerHtml = "Hello, " + _
            Server.HtmlEncode(User.Identity.Name)
    
       Dim id As FormsIdentity = CType(User.Identity, FormsIdentity) 
       Dim ticket As FormsAuthenticationTicket = id.Ticket 

       cookiePath.Text = ticket.CookiePath
       expireDate.Text = ticket.Expiration.ToString()
       expired.Text = ticket.Expired.ToString()
       isPersistent.Text = ticket.IsPersistent.ToString()
       issueDate.Text = ticket.IssueDate.ToString()
       name.Text = ticket.Name
       userData.Text = ticket.UserData
       version.Text = ticket.Version.ToString()
    End Sub

    Sub Signout_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
        FormsAuthentication.SignOut()
        Response.Write("Logged out - cookie deleted.")
    End Sub

</script>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head>
    <title>Forms Authentication</title>
</head>
<body>
    <h3>Forms Authentication Example</h3>
    <span id="Welcome" runat="server"> </span>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <input type="submit" value="Signout" runat="server" onserverclick="Signout_Click" />
        <h3>Forms Authentication Ticket Properties</h3> 
            <table>
                <tbody>
                    <tr>
                        <td>
                            CookiePath: 
                        </td>
                        <td><asp:Label id="cookiePath" runat="server" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>
                            Expiration: 
                        </td>
                        <td><asp:Label id="expireDate" runat="server" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>
                            Expired: 
                        </td>
                        <td><asp:Label id="expired" runat="server" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>
                            IsPersistent: 
                        </td>
                        <td><asp:Label id="isPersistent" runat="server" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>
                            IssueDate: 
                        </td>
                        <td><asp:Label id="issueDate" runat="server" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>
                            Name: 
                        </td>
                        <td><asp:Label id="name" runat="server" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>
                            UserData: 
                        </td>
                        <td><asp:Label id="userData" runat="server" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td>
                            Version: 
                        </td>
                        <td><asp:Label id="version" runat="server" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                </tbody>
            </table>
            <p>
            </p>
    </form>
</body>
</html>

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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0
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