GetPassword Method

MembershipProvider.GetPassword Method (String, String)


Gets the password for the specified user name from the data source.

Namespace:   System.Web.Security
Assembly:  System.Web.ApplicationServices (in System.Web.ApplicationServices.dll)

public abstract string GetPassword(
	string username,
	string answer


Type: System.String

The user to retrieve the password for.

Type: System.String

The password answer for the user.

Return Value

Type: System.String

The password for the specified user name.

Takes, as input, a user name and a password answer and retrieves the password for that user from the data source and returns the password as a string.

The GetPassword method ensures that the EnablePasswordRetrieval flag is set to true before performing any action. If EnablePasswordRetrieval is false, a NotSupportedException exception is thrown.

GetPassword also checks the value of the RequiresQuestionAndAnswer property. If RequiresQuestionAndAnswer is true, GetPassword checks the value of the supplied answer parameter against the stored password answer in the data source. If they do not match, a MembershipPasswordException exception is thrown.

If your custom membership provider supports hashed passwords, the GetPassword method should throw an exception if the EnablePasswordRetrieval property is set to true and the password format is set to Hashed. Hashed passwords cannot be retrieved.

Legacy Code Example

For an example of a MembershipProvider implementation, see Implementing a Profile Provider.

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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