X509Certificate2.ToString X509Certificate2.ToString X509Certificate2.ToString X509Certificate2.ToString Method

Definition

Displays an X.509 certificate in text format.

Overloads

ToString() ToString() ToString() ToString()

Displays an X.509 certificate in text format.

ToString(Boolean) ToString(Boolean) ToString(Boolean) ToString(Boolean)

Displays an X.509 certificate in text format.

ToString() ToString() ToString() ToString()

Displays an X.509 certificate in text format.

public:
 override System::String ^ ToString();
public override string ToString ();
override this.ToString : unit -> string
Public Overrides Function ToString () As String

Returns

The certificate information.

Examples

The following code example creates a command-line executable that takes a certificate file as an argument and prints various certificate properties to the console.

#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography;
using namespace System::Security::Permissions;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography::X509Certificates;

//Reads a file.
array<Byte>^ ReadFile( String^ fileName )
{
   FileStream^ f = gcnew FileStream( fileName,FileMode::Open,FileAccess::Read );
   int size = (int)f->Length;
   array<Byte>^data = gcnew array<Byte>(size);
   size = f->Read( data, 0, size );
   f->Close();
   return data;
}

[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction::LinkDemand, Unrestricted = true)]
int main()
{
   array<String^>^args = Environment::GetCommandLineArgs();

   //Test for correct number of arguments.
   if ( args->Length < 2 )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Usage: CertInfo <filename>" );
      return  -1;
   }

   try
   {
      System::Security::Cryptography::X509Certificates::X509Certificate2 ^ x509 =
            gcnew System::Security::Cryptography::X509Certificates::X509Certificate2;

      //Create X509Certificate2 object from .cer file.
      array<Byte>^rawData = ReadFile( args[ 1 ] );

      x509->Import(rawData);

      //Print to console information contained in the certificate.
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Subject: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->Subject );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Issuer: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->Issuer );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Version: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->Version );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Valid Date: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->NotBefore );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Expiry Date: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->NotAfter );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Thumbprint: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->Thumbprint );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Serial Number: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->SerialNumber );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Friendly Name: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->PublicKey->Oid->FriendlyName );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Public Key Format: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->PublicKey->EncodedKeyValue->Format(true) );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Raw Data Length: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->RawData->Length );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Certificate to string: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->ToString( true ) );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Certificate to XML String: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->PublicKey->Key->ToXmlString( false ) );

      //Add the certificate to a X509Store.
      X509Store ^ store = gcnew X509Store;
      store->Open( OpenFlags::MaxAllowed );
      store->Add( x509 );
      store->Close();
   }
   catch ( DirectoryNotFoundException^ )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Error: The directory specified could not be found." );
   }
   catch ( IOException^ )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Error: A file in the directory could not be accessed." );
   }
   catch ( NullReferenceException^ )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "File must be a .cer file. Program does not have access to that type of file." );
   }

}

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.IO;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;


class CertInfo
{
	//Reads a file.
	internal static byte[] ReadFile (string fileName)
	{
		FileStream f = new FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);
		int size = (int)f.Length;
		byte[] data = new byte[size];
		size = f.Read(data, 0, size);
		f.Close();
		return data;
	}
	//Main method begins here.
	static void Main(string[] args)
	{
		//Test for correct number of arguments.
		if (args.Length < 1)
		{
			Console.WriteLine("Usage: CertInfo <filename>");
			return;
		}
		try
		{
			X509Certificate2 x509 = new X509Certificate2();
			//Create X509Certificate2 object from .cer file.
			byte[] rawData = ReadFile(args[0]);

			x509.Import(rawData);

			//Print to console information contained in the certificate.
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Subject: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.Subject);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Issuer: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.Issuer);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Version: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.Version);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Valid Date: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.NotBefore);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Expiry Date: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.NotAfter);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Thumbprint: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.Thumbprint);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Serial Number: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.SerialNumber);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Friendly Name: {1}{0}", 								Environment.NewLine,x509.PublicKey.Oid.FriendlyName);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Public Key Format: {1}{0}", 											Environment.NewLine,x509.PublicKey.EncodedKeyValue.Format(true));
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Raw Data Length: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.RawData.Length);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Certificate to string: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.ToString(true));

			Console.WriteLine("{0}Certificate to XML String: {1}{0}", 								Environment.NewLine,x509.PublicKey.Key.ToXmlString(false));

			//Add the certificate to a X509Store.
			X509Store store = new X509Store();
			store.Open(OpenFlags.MaxAllowed);
			store.Add(x509);
			store.Close();
		}

		catch (DirectoryNotFoundException)
			{
				   Console.WriteLine("Error: The directory specified could not be found.");
			}
		catch (IOException)
			{
				Console.WriteLine("Error: A file in the directory could not be accessed.");
			}
		catch (NullReferenceException)
			{
				Console.WriteLine("File must be a .cer file. Program does not have access to that type of file.");
			}
	}

}
Imports System
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.Security.Permissions
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic




Class CertInfo

    'Reads a file.
    Friend Shared Function ReadFile(ByVal fileName As String) As Byte()
        Dim f As New FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read)
        Dim size As Integer = Fix(f.Length)
        Dim data(size) As Byte
        size = f.Read(data, 0, size)
        f.Close()
        Return data

    End Function 

    <SecurityPermission(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Unrestricted:=True)> _
    Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
        'Test for correct number of arguments.
        If args.Length < 1 Then
            Console.WriteLine("Usage: CertInfo <filename>")
            Return
        End If
        Try
            Dim x509 As New X509Certificate2()
            'Create X509Certificate2 object from .cer file.
            Dim rawData As Byte() = ReadFile(args(0))
            
            x509.Import(rawData)

            'Print to console information contained in the certificate.
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Subject: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.Subject)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Issuer: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.Issuer)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Version: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.Version)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Valid Date: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.NotBefore)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Expiry Date: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.NotAfter)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Thumbprint: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.Thumbprint)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Serial Number: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.SerialNumber)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Friendly Name: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.PublicKey.Oid.FriendlyName)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Public Key Format: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.PublicKey.EncodedKeyValue.Format(True))
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Raw Data Length: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.RawData.Length)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Certificate to string: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.ToString(True))

            Console.WriteLine("{0}Certificate to XML String: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.PublicKey.Key.ToXmlString(False))

            'Add the certificate to a X509Store.
            Dim store As New X509Store()
            store.Open(OpenFlags.MaxAllowed)
            store.Add(x509)
            store.Close()

        Catch dnfExcept As DirectoryNotFoundException
            Console.WriteLine("Error: The directory specified could not be found.")
        Catch ioExpcept As IOException
            Console.WriteLine("Error: A file in the directory could not be accessed.")
        Catch nrExcept As NullReferenceException
            Console.WriteLine("File must be a .cer file. Program does not have access to that type of file.")
        End Try

    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

As with all ToString methods, the output might not be consistent across versions of the .NET Framework, so the method results should not be parsed for content. Use the properties on the X509Certificate2 object to obtain precise information about the content or use the ToString method to obtain information about the certificate.

This method displays the certificate in text format.

ToString(Boolean) ToString(Boolean) ToString(Boolean) ToString(Boolean)

Displays an X.509 certificate in text format.

public:
 override System::String ^ ToString(bool verbose);
public override string ToString (bool verbose);
override this.ToString : bool -> string
Public Overrides Function ToString (verbose As Boolean) As String

Parameters

verbose
Boolean Boolean Boolean Boolean

true to display the public key, private key, extensions, and so forth; false to display information that is similar to the X509Certificate2 class, including thumbprint, serial number, subject and issuer names, and so on.

Returns

The certificate information.

Examples

The following code example creates a command line executable that takes a certificate file as an argument and prints various certificate properties to the console.

#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography;
using namespace System::Security::Permissions;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Security::Cryptography::X509Certificates;

//Reads a file.
array<Byte>^ ReadFile( String^ fileName )
{
   FileStream^ f = gcnew FileStream( fileName,FileMode::Open,FileAccess::Read );
   int size = (int)f->Length;
   array<Byte>^data = gcnew array<Byte>(size);
   size = f->Read( data, 0, size );
   f->Close();
   return data;
}

[SecurityPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction::LinkDemand, Unrestricted = true)]
int main()
{
   array<String^>^args = Environment::GetCommandLineArgs();

   //Test for correct number of arguments.
   if ( args->Length < 2 )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Usage: CertInfo <filename>" );
      return  -1;
   }

   try
   {
      System::Security::Cryptography::X509Certificates::X509Certificate2 ^ x509 =
            gcnew System::Security::Cryptography::X509Certificates::X509Certificate2;

      //Create X509Certificate2 object from .cer file.
      array<Byte>^rawData = ReadFile( args[ 1 ] );

      x509->Import(rawData);

      //Print to console information contained in the certificate.
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Subject: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->Subject );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Issuer: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->Issuer );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Version: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->Version );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Valid Date: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->NotBefore );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Expiry Date: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->NotAfter );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Thumbprint: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->Thumbprint );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Serial Number: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->SerialNumber );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Friendly Name: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->PublicKey->Oid->FriendlyName );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Public Key Format: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->PublicKey->EncodedKeyValue->Format(true) );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Raw Data Length: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->RawData->Length );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Certificate to string: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->ToString( true ) );
      Console::WriteLine( "{0}Certificate to XML String: {1}{0}", Environment::NewLine, x509->PublicKey->Key->ToXmlString( false ) );

      //Add the certificate to a X509Store.
      X509Store ^ store = gcnew X509Store;
      store->Open( OpenFlags::MaxAllowed );
      store->Add( x509 );
      store->Close();
   }
   catch ( DirectoryNotFoundException^ )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Error: The directory specified could not be found." );
   }
   catch ( IOException^ )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "Error: A file in the directory could not be accessed." );
   }
   catch ( NullReferenceException^ )
   {
      Console::WriteLine( "File must be a .cer file. Program does not have access to that type of file." );
   }

}

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Security.Permissions;
using System.IO;
using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates;


class CertInfo
{
	//Reads a file.
	internal static byte[] ReadFile (string fileName)
	{
		FileStream f = new FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);
		int size = (int)f.Length;
		byte[] data = new byte[size];
		size = f.Read(data, 0, size);
		f.Close();
		return data;
	}
	//Main method begins here.
	static void Main(string[] args)
	{
		//Test for correct number of arguments.
		if (args.Length < 1)
		{
			Console.WriteLine("Usage: CertInfo <filename>");
			return;
		}
		try
		{
			X509Certificate2 x509 = new X509Certificate2();
			//Create X509Certificate2 object from .cer file.
			byte[] rawData = ReadFile(args[0]);

			x509.Import(rawData);

			//Print to console information contained in the certificate.
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Subject: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.Subject);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Issuer: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.Issuer);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Version: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.Version);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Valid Date: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.NotBefore);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Expiry Date: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.NotAfter);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Thumbprint: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.Thumbprint);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Serial Number: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.SerialNumber);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Friendly Name: {1}{0}", 								Environment.NewLine,x509.PublicKey.Oid.FriendlyName);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Public Key Format: {1}{0}", 											Environment.NewLine,x509.PublicKey.EncodedKeyValue.Format(true));
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Raw Data Length: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.RawData.Length);
			Console.WriteLine("{0}Certificate to string: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine,x509.ToString(true));

			Console.WriteLine("{0}Certificate to XML String: {1}{0}", 								Environment.NewLine,x509.PublicKey.Key.ToXmlString(false));

			//Add the certificate to a X509Store.
			X509Store store = new X509Store();
			store.Open(OpenFlags.MaxAllowed);
			store.Add(x509);
			store.Close();
		}

		catch (DirectoryNotFoundException)
			{
				   Console.WriteLine("Error: The directory specified could not be found.");
			}
		catch (IOException)
			{
				Console.WriteLine("Error: A file in the directory could not be accessed.");
			}
		catch (NullReferenceException)
			{
				Console.WriteLine("File must be a .cer file. Program does not have access to that type of file.");
			}
	}

}
Imports System
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.Security.Permissions
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic




Class CertInfo

    'Reads a file.
    Friend Shared Function ReadFile(ByVal fileName As String) As Byte()
        Dim f As New FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read)
        Dim size As Integer = Fix(f.Length)
        Dim data(size) As Byte
        size = f.Read(data, 0, size)
        f.Close()
        Return data

    End Function 

    <SecurityPermission(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Unrestricted:=True)> _
    Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
        'Test for correct number of arguments.
        If args.Length < 1 Then
            Console.WriteLine("Usage: CertInfo <filename>")
            Return
        End If
        Try
            Dim x509 As New X509Certificate2()
            'Create X509Certificate2 object from .cer file.
            Dim rawData As Byte() = ReadFile(args(0))
            
            x509.Import(rawData)

            'Print to console information contained in the certificate.
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Subject: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.Subject)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Issuer: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.Issuer)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Version: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.Version)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Valid Date: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.NotBefore)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Expiry Date: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.NotAfter)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Thumbprint: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.Thumbprint)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Serial Number: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.SerialNumber)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Friendly Name: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.PublicKey.Oid.FriendlyName)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Public Key Format: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.PublicKey.EncodedKeyValue.Format(True))
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Raw Data Length: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.RawData.Length)
            Console.WriteLine("{0}Certificate to string: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.ToString(True))

            Console.WriteLine("{0}Certificate to XML String: {1}{0}", Environment.NewLine, x509.PublicKey.Key.ToXmlString(False))

            'Add the certificate to a X509Store.
            Dim store As New X509Store()
            store.Open(OpenFlags.MaxAllowed)
            store.Add(x509)
            store.Close()

        Catch dnfExcept As DirectoryNotFoundException
            Console.WriteLine("Error: The directory specified could not be found.")
        Catch ioExpcept As IOException
            Console.WriteLine("Error: A file in the directory could not be accessed.")
        Catch nrExcept As NullReferenceException
            Console.WriteLine("File must be a .cer file. Program does not have access to that type of file.")
        End Try

    End Sub
End Class

Remarks

As with all ToString methods, the output might not be consistent across versions of the .NET Framework, so the method results should not be parsed for content. Use the properties on the X509Certificate2 object to obtain precise information.

This method displays the certificate in text format. If the verbose parameter is set to true, the text display includes the public key, private key, and extensions. If verbose is set to false, the text display includes those fields available from the X.509 certificate, including thumbprint, serial number, subject and issuer names, and validity date information.

Applies to