Add a custom section to web.config

If you have created a custom section like this, and if you want to add it programmatically to web.config then you have to:

  1. Use the WebConfigurationManager class and open the web

Configuration config = WebConfigurationManager.OpenWebConfiguration(path, site);



The virtual path to the configuration file.


The name of the application Web site, as displayed in IIS configuration.


  1. Create a ConfigurationSectionGroup and add it to the Configuration object

ConfigurationSectionGroup sectionGroup = new ConfigurationSectionGroup();

config.SectionGroups.Add(“GROUP_NAME”, sectionGroup);


  1. Create a new instance of your section (MyCustomSection) and add it to the section group

MyCustomSection section = new MyCustomSection ();

sectionGroup.Sections.Add(“SECTION_NAME”, section);


  1. Fill your custom section properties

section.Property1 = “0123456789”;

section.Property2 = “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet”;


  1. And save the configuration


If you take a look at your web.config you will see that it was modified programmatically as you specified. I use this technique in the setup process of sites. Cool!

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