Encrypt and Decrypt the connection String in Web.Config file in asp.net

Introduction: In this article today I am going to explain how to Encrypt and Decrypt the connection String section in Web.Config file using  aspnet_regiis.exe command line utility

Description:


Step 1: Open Visual studio command prompt and run it as administration. Start menu>>All Programs>>Microsoft Visual studio 2010>> Visual studio Tools >> Visual studio command prompt (Right click and click on Run as administration).

Step 2: Encrypt the connection string in Web.Config file using aspnet_regiis.exe
   Syntax:
aspnet_regiis.exe -pef "connectionStrings" "Path of the Folder containing the Web.Config file"
Example:
aspnet_regiis.exe -pef "connectionStrings" "F:\articlemirror\blog"
This command only encrypts the ConnectionString section of Web.Config file. You got a successful message of encryption process. Now see the Web.config file of project. E.g. see the below attached screenshot of encrypted ConnectionString section of Web.config file.



Decrypt the Connection String:
Syntax:
aspnet_regiis.exe -pdf "connectionStrings" "Path of the Folder containing the Web.Config file"
Example:
aspnet_regiis.exe -pdf "connectionStrings" " F:\articlemirror\blog "

This command decrypts the ConnectionString section of Web.Config file.

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