s.k.paul s.k.paul - 11 months ago 105
ASP.NET (C#) Question

Get connection string in class library project in a solution

In my .net 4 solution, i have two different projects- an web application project and a class library project.

In web application project, database connection string is in web.config file. I would like to access that connection string from class library project. Is it possible? if yes, how?

If there is any better approach to get connection string, please let me know.

Answer Source

To access it from your class library add a reference to System.Configuration then use System.Confinguration.ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings.

It's not ideal to read this from a class library. After all, can you say that your class library will always be consumed by something with a configuration file? Certainly not if you share it with other developers, especially of different platforms.


  1. IoC - use dependency injection to provide a dependency that contains configuration settings. These would be populated by the consuming library (web app).
  2. Pass the settings to the class library when consuming elements that depend on them.


public class MyLibraryContainer
    private string _connectionString;

    public MyLibraryContainer(string connectionString)
        _connectionString = connectionString;