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Emanuele Bartolesi
Emanuele Bartolesi

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How to get base64 encoded string of a certificate in C#

In the last few weeks I worked a lot with certificates and authentication with C# and console application.
For a lot of reasons, sometimes, I need a base64 encoded string version of the certificates I have installed locally on my machine.

    public string GetEncodedStringFromCertificate(string certThumbprint, string certPassword)
        var store = new X509Store(StoreName.My, StoreLocation.LocalMachine);

        var certificate = store.Certificates.Find(X509FindType.FindByThumbprint, certThumbprint, false).First();
        var exp = certificate.Export(X509ContentType.Pfx, certPassword);
        var base64 = Convert.ToBase64String(exp);

        return base64;
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I have created this function above to retrieve a certificate with a Thumbprint and a password.
By the way it's not important the way to retrieve the certificate, but how to export to a base64 encoded string.

In my case I have a lot of Pfx, but you can choose the right certificate type for you.

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Tarek El-Mallah

Thanks, that work for me, I was searching for long time to get base64 from X509 Certificate.

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