CngKeyUsages Enum


Specifies the cryptographic operations that a Cryptography Next Generation (CNG) key may be used with.

This enumeration has a FlagsAttribute attribute that allows a bitwise combination of its member values.

public enum class CngKeyUsages
public enum CngKeyUsages
type CngKeyUsages = 
Public Enum CngKeyUsages


AllUsages 16777215

The key can be used for all purposes.

Decryption 1

The key can be used for encryption and decryption.

KeyAgreement 4

The key can be used for secret agreement generation and key exchange.

None 0

No usage values are assigned to the key.

Signing 2

The key can be used for signing and verification.


Not all operations apply to each key. For example, an Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) key cannot be used for decryption even if the Decryption usage is set.

Applies to