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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)

[ComVisibleAttribute(false)]
[PermissionSetAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Unrestricted = true)]
[PermissionSetAttribute(SecurityAction.InheritanceDemand, Unrestricted = true)]
public virtual void Import(
	string fileName
)

Parameters

fileName
Type: System.String

The name of a certificate file represented as a string.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The fileName parameter is null.

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.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;


class X509
{

    static void Main()
    {

        // The path to the certificate.
        string Certificate = "Certificate.cer";

        // Load the certificate into an X509Certificate object.
        X509Certificate cert = new X509Certificate();

        cert.Import(Certificate);

        // Get the value.
        string resultsTrue = cert.ToString(true);

        // Display the value to the console.
        Console.WriteLine(resultsTrue);

        // Get the value.
        string resultsFalse = cert.ToString(false);

        // Display the value to the console.
        Console.WriteLine(resultsFalse);

    }

}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0
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