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reading from app.config file


Question

I am trying to read StartingMonthColumn and CategoryHeadingColumn from the below app.config file using the code

ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["StartingMonthColumn"]

but it is returning null, also ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings.Count returns zero

Please help me to read this in my windows application

<configuration>
    <configSections>
        <sectionGroup name="userSettings" type="System.Configuration.UserSettingsGroup, System, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" >
            <section name="CTARepository.Properties.Settings" type="System.Configuration.ClientSettingsSection, System, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" allowExeDefinition="MachineToLocalUser" requirePermission="false" />
        </sectionGroup>
    </configSections>
    <userSettings>
        <CTARepository.Properties.Settings>
            <setting name="Setting" serializeAs="String">
                <value />
            </setting>
        </CTARepository.Properties.Settings>
    </userSettings>
    <appSettings>
        <add key="StartingMonthColumn" value="7"/>
        <add key="CategoryHeadingColumn" value="1"/>
    </appSettings>
</configuration>
2012/06/21
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6/21/2012 6:13:54 PM


Just for the future reference, you just need to add System.Configuration to your references library:

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2016/06/20

ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings is deprecated, see here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.configuration.configurationsettings.appsettings.aspx

That said, it should still work.

Just a suggestion, but have you confirmed that your application configuration is the one your executable is using?

Try attaching a debugger and checking the following value:

AppDomain.CurrentDomain.SetupInformation.ConfigurationFile

And then opening the configuration file and verifying the section is there as you expected.

2010/03/08

Try:

string value = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings[key];

For more details check: Reading Keys from App.Config

2011/11/08

This:

Console.WriteLine( "StartingMonthColumn is {0}", ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["StartingMonthColumn"]);

works fine for me.

Note that ConfigurationManager is in the System.Configuration namespace (so you'll likely want a using System.Configuration; statement), and that since what you read in has a string type you'll need to parse what you read in to use it as a number.

Also, be sure you set system.configuration.dll as a reference in your project or build script.

2010/03/08

The reason is simple, your call to ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings is not returning the required config file. Please try any of the following ways:

  • Make sure your app config has the same name as your application's exe file - with the extension .config appended eg MyApp.exe.config
  • OR you can use ConfigurationManager.OpenExeConfiguration(Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().Location).AppSettings["StartingMonthColumn"]

Hope this helps

2013/04/03

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