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ASP.NET Password TextBox

, 31 Mar 2007
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A password textbox that survives postback and that can be set programmatically.


Using ASP.NET, the default textbox in password mode (TextMode="Password") has the following restrictions:

  • The password can not be set (e.g., tbPassword.Text = "123";)
  • The password is not restored after a postback

Both restrictions make perfect sense for security reasons. Nonetheless, sometimes the above behaviour is not wanted (especially during development).

The new PasswordTextBox control is an extension of the standard ASP.NET TextBox and makes a password textbox behave like a regular textbox.

Using the code

The code itself is pretty straightforward:

    public class PasswordTextBox : TextBox
        public PasswordTextBox()
            TextMode = TextBoxMode.Password;

        public override string Text
                return base.Text;
                base.Text = value;

                Attributes["value"] = value;

        protected override void OnPreRender(EventArgs e)

            Attributes["value"] = Text;

To use the code, just drop PasswordTextBox.dll in the /bin of your web application, or add a reference to it in Visual Studio.

ASP.NET 2.0 offers a nice and clean way to register controls for your aspx pages: you simply add the following to your web.config:

            <add tagPrefix="opp" assembly="PasswordTextBox" namespace="opp"/>

Now, you can use the PasswordTextBox as follows:

<opp:PasswordTextBox id="tbPassword" runat="server" />

Points of interest

To set the value of the PasswordTextBox, the Text property is overriden and the value is set via the "value" attribute.

To restore the value of PasswordTextBox after a postback, the value is retrieved in the OnPreRender event and set via the "value" attribute (thanks to jackmos for this more nifty solution).


  • V1.0 Released 2007-03-21.
  • V1.1 Released 2007-03-31. Thanks for all the good feedback!


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembermoseti21-Jul-12 1:58 
QuestionCode distribution PinmemberMember 39884762-Mar-12 7:58 
GeneralUpdate PinmemberJeffMuir28-Jul-10 19:40 
GeneralPassword is shown PinmemberShahzad Raja11-Nov-08 23:34 
GeneralRe: Password is shown PinmemberGautam Jain29-Jan-09 23:20 
Generalthanks! PinmemberStephanie Spanjian14-May-08 11:27 
GeneralThanks Pinmemberserkansonmez17-Apr-08 4:13 
GeneralSource code missing PinmemberTony Bermudez31-Mar-07 9:44 
GeneralRe: Source code missing Pinmemberdknyoli1-Apr-07 8:09 
GeneralAJAX survival PinmemberVasudevan Deepak Kumar31-Mar-07 5:49 
GeneralThanks for feedback &amp; update Pinmemberdknyoli31-Mar-07 1:56 
GeneralAlternatively.... PinmemberC Jones26-Mar-07 23:51 
GeneralRe: Alternatively.... Pinmemberjackmos27-Mar-07 3:35 
GeneralRe: Alternatively.... PinmemberC Jones27-Mar-07 3:57 
GeneralA simpler solution PinmemberRichard Deeming26-Mar-07 9:47 
GeneralNice Pinmembernsimeonov26-Mar-07 8:53 

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