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Posted 30 Jun 2004

Access Web.Config application settings from a console or Windows application

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Example of how to read web.config settings into a console or Windows application.

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This code provides an easy to use mechanism for reading AppSettings values from the Web.Config in non web based environments. Additionally there is a very simple form that demonstrates the code being used.


I have worked on many solutions that have comprised of Web projects together with Console or Windows applications. Often the need has arisen for the non web components to be able to read values from the Web.Config file (particularly in automated testing environments) so I wrote a class to simplify this and present it here.

Using the code

The code is designed to be very close in syntax to the usual method used for accessing web.config from a web app. Pass the constructor the location of the web.config file you wish to parse and then use the AppSettings method to obtain the desired value; an exception will be thrown should it not be found

string filename = @"c:\temp\Web.Config"; 
UK.Org.Webman.ConfigurationSettings ConfigurationSettings = 
    new UK.Org.Webman.ConfigurationSettings(filename); 
string PrimaryDatabase = ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["PrimaryDatabase"];


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Software Developer (Senior)
United Kingdom United Kingdom
A .net devotee specialising in Object Orientated web development for financial institutions in Europe. When not working can normally be found at a bar within walking distance of the office.

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QuestionGreat utility! Pin
search0010-Jan-12 8:35
membersearch0010-Jan-12 8:35 
GeneralExactly the type of think I was searching for ... Pin
yordan_georgiev24-Jun-09 1:12
memberyordan_georgiev24-Jun-09 1:12 
GeneralThis was helpful to me, I had a custom web.config and I was able to extend this class easily to pull various things, helped a bunch. Thanks! Pin
jollyGreenGiant_0211-Feb-09 10:34
memberjollyGreenGiant_0211-Feb-09 10:34 
GeneralSelectSingleNode does not work Pin
VOJTADOHNAL27-Oct-06 8:06
memberVOJTADOHNAL27-Oct-06 8:06 
AnswerRe: SelectSingleNode does not work Pin
Xymie1-Dec-08 2:06
memberXymie1-Dec-08 2:06 
GeneralUpdate: For Multiple Reads Pin
XtreemZ26-Jan-06 11:40
memberXtreemZ26-Jan-06 11:40 
GeneralCode Doesn't Work Pin
Ozzie6-Apr-05 5:51
memberOzzie6-Apr-05 5:51 
GeneralRe: Code Doesn't Work Pin
Piercesare6-Jun-05 1:16
memberPiercesare6-Jun-05 1:16 
QuestionThe same? Pin
Uwe Keim1-Jul-04 18:51
sitebuilderUwe Keim1-Jul-04 18:51 
AnswerRe: The same? Pin
cgreen691-Jul-04 22:16
membercgreen691-Jul-04 22:16 
No, this class is for use in standalone windows and console applications to allow access to web.config; unlike the built in .net class which is for use within web based applications.
GeneralRe: The same? Pin
Uwe Keim1-Jul-04 22:18
sitebuilderUwe Keim1-Jul-04 22:18 
GeneralRe: The same? Pin
cgreen691-Jul-04 23:54
membercgreen691-Jul-04 23:54 
GeneralRe: The same? Pin
Tim Musschoot6-Jul-04 3:09
memberTim Musschoot6-Jul-04 3:09 
GeneralRe: The same? Pin
codospra17-Oct-05 3:17
membercodospra17-Oct-05 3:17 
GeneralRe: The same? Pin
Dave Bacher6-Mar-06 12:25
memberDave Bacher6-Mar-06 12:25 
AnswerRe: The same? Pin
Chris Maunder4-Jul-04 6:45
adminChris Maunder4-Jul-04 6:45 
GeneralRe: The same? Pin
Uwe Keim4-Jul-04 17:13
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GeneralRe: The same? Pin
cgreen694-Jul-04 22:10
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