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X509Certificate.Import Method (String)

Populates the X509Certificate object with information from a certificate file.

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

'Declaration
<ComVisibleAttribute(False)> _
<PermissionSetAttribute(SecurityAction.InheritanceDemand, Unrestricted := True)> _
Public Overridable Sub Import ( _
	fileName As String _
)

Parameters

fileName
Type: System.String
The name of a certificate file represented as a string.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The fileName parameter is Nothing.

This method uses a certificate file (such as a file with a .cer extension) that represents an X.509 certificate, and populates the X509Certificate object with the certificate that the file contains.

The following example loads an X.509 certificate from a file, calls the ToString method, and displays the results to the console.


Imports System
Imports System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates

Module X509

    Sub Main()

        ' The path to the certificate.
        Dim Certificate As String = "Certificate.cer"

        ' Load the certificate into an X509Certificate object.
        Dim cert As New X509Certificate

        cert.Import(Certificate)

        ' Get the value.
        Dim resultsTrue As String = cert.ToString(True)

        ' Display the value to the console.
        Console.WriteLine(resultsTrue)

        ' Get the value.
        Dim resultsFalse As String = cert.ToString(False)

        ' Display the value to the console.
        Console.WriteLine(resultsFalse)

    End Sub
End Module


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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