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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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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
moseti21-Jul-12 1:58
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QuestionCode distribution Pin
Member 39884762-Mar-12 7:58
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GeneralUpdate Pin
JeffMuir28-Jul-10 19:40
memberJeffMuir28-Jul-10 19:40 
GeneralPassword is shown Pin
Shahzad Raja11-Nov-08 23:34
memberShahzad Raja11-Nov-08 23:34 
GeneralRe: Password is shown Pin
Gautam Jain29-Jan-09 23:20
memberGautam Jain29-Jan-09 23:20 
Generalthanks! Pin
Stephanie Spanjian14-May-08 11:27
memberStephanie Spanjian14-May-08 11:27 
GeneralThanks Pin
serkansonmez17-Apr-08 4:13
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GeneralSource code missing Pin
Tony Bermudez31-Mar-07 9:44
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GeneralRe: Source code missing Pin
dknyoli1-Apr-07 8:09
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GeneralAJAX survival Pin
Vasudevan Deepak Kumar31-Mar-07 5:49
memberVasudevan Deepak Kumar31-Mar-07 5:49 
GeneralThanks for feedback &amp; update Pin
dknyoli31-Mar-07 1:56
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GeneralAlternatively.... Pin
C Jones26-Mar-07 23:51
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GeneralRe: Alternatively.... Pin
jackmos27-Mar-07 3:35
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GeneralRe: Alternatively.... Pin
C Jones27-Mar-07 3:57
memberC Jones27-Mar-07 3:57 
GeneralA simpler solution Pin
Richard Deeming26-Mar-07 9:47
memberRichard Deeming26-Mar-07 9:47 
GeneralNice Pin
nsimeonov26-Mar-07 8:53
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