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).
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
TextMode = TextBoxMode.Password;
public override string 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
Text property is overriden and the value is set via the "
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!