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C# Express 2008 Write to App.Config

Posted on 2009-02-23
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Last Modified: 2013-12-17
This is what I am trying to accomplish.
I need to store an API key and Username securely within a program with the ability to update it.

I have dabbled in C# years ago and am fairly descent in VB.NET, PHP, VBScript and other scripting languages.

From what I have read I should use the App.config file rather than an INI file due to security.  i have added the entries to my App.Config (see code below) and can read them just fine.  My script will first check those values, if either are null then open a form to enter the information.  

I cannot for the life of me find how to save that information back to the app.config or app.config.exe file.

I have googled for many of hours and found references to ConfigurationManager which apparently is not valid in C# Express.  I only have ConfigurationSettings.

C# 2008 Express .Net 3.5
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <add key="apiKey" value="##############" />
    <add key="apiUsername" value="APIUsername" />
string strApiKey = Convert.ToString(ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["apiKey"]);

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Question by:thecureis
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Dhaest earned 2000 total points
ID: 23719046
First set a reference to the following namespace.

Code Snippet
using System.Configuration;


Code Snippet

Configuration config = ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(ConfigurationUserLevel.None);
AppSettingsSection configSection = config.AppSettings;


if (configSection != null)


if (configSection.IsReadOnly() == false && configSection.SectionInformation.IsLocked == false)


configSection.Settings("KeyName").Value = "NewValue";




catch (ConfigurationException ex)

MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, "Configuration Error", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error);


Hope this helps.
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Dhaest earned 2000 total points
ID: 23719047

Author Comment

ID: 23724541
Thank you both for your replies.  I have tried both of those methods and the problem is that "ConfigurationManager" throws an error "The name 'ConfigurationManager' does not exist in the current context"  as with the AppSettingsSection i get an error as well.

I do have
using System.Configuration;

I believe that the ConfigurationManager was replaced with ConfigurationSettings in C#2008 Express Edition.

If I replace ConfigurationManager with ConfigurationSettings then i get the following errors.

The type or namespace name 'Configuration' could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)

'System.configuration.ConfigurationSettings' does not contain a definition for 'OpenExecConfiguration'

The name 'ConfigurationUserLevel' does not exist in the current context

They type or namespace name 'AppSettignsSection' could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)


Author Comment

ID: 23725734
I ended up figuring it out.  I had to go to Project->Add Reference->system.configuration

Since I will be creating a hybrid from both of your posts I am splitting the points.

Thank you both.

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