[c#] Is ConfigurationManager.AppSettings available in .NET Core 2.0?

I've got a method that reads settings from my config file like this:

var value = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings[key];

It compiles fine when targeting .NET Standard 2.0 only.

Now I need multiple targets, so I updated my project file with:


But now, the compilation fails for netcoreapp2.0 with the following error message:

Error   CS0103  The name 'ConfigurationManager' does not exist in the current context   (netcoreapp2.0)

Separately, I created a new .NET Core 2.0 console application (only targeting .NET Core 2.0 this time), but likewise there seems to be no ConfigurationManager under the namespace System.Configuration.

I'm quite confused because it's available under .NET Standard 2.0, so I would expect it to be available in .NET Core 2.0, as .NET Core 2.0 is .NET Standard 2.0 compliant.

What am I missing?

This question is related to c# .net-core app-config .net-standard

The answer is

Yes, ConfigurationManager.AppSettings is available in .NET Core 2.0 after referencing NuGet package System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.

Credits goes to @JeroenMostert for giving me the solution.

I installed System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager from Nuget into my .net core 2.2 application.

I then reference using System.Configuration;

Next, I changed


to ..


So far I believe this is correct. 4.5.0 is typical with .net core 2.2

I have not had any issues with this.

Once you have the packages setup, you'll need to create either an app.config or web.config and add something like the following:

    <add key="key" value="value"/>

The latest set of guidance is as follows: (from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-dotnet-class-library#environment-variables)


System.Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable(name, EnvironmentVariableTarget.Process);

From the docs:

public static class EnvironmentVariablesExample
    public static void Run([TimerTrigger("0 */5 * * * *")]TimerInfo myTimer, ILogger log)
        log.LogInformation($"C# Timer trigger function executed at: {DateTime.Now}");

    public static string GetEnvironmentVariable(string name)
        return name + ": " +
            System.Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable(name, EnvironmentVariableTarget.Process);

App settings can be read from environment variables both when developing locally and when running in Azure. When developing locally, app settings come from the Values collection in the local.settings.json file. In both environments, local and Azure, GetEnvironmentVariable("<app setting name>") retrieves the value of the named app setting. For instance, when you're running locally, "My Site Name" would be returned if your local.settings.json file contains { "Values": { "WEBSITE_SITE_NAME": "My Site Name" } }.

The System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.AppSettings property is an alternative API for getting app setting values, but we recommend that you use GetEnvironmentVariable as shown here.

You can use Configuration to resolve this.

Ex (Startup.cs):

You can pass by DI to the controllers after this implementation.

public class Startup
    public Startup(IHostingEnvironment env)
        var builder = new ConfigurationBuilder()
        .AddJsonFile("appsettings.json", optional: true, reloadOnChange: true);

        Configuration = builder.Build();


    public IConfiguration Configuration { get; }

    // This method gets called by the runtime. Use this method to add services to the container.
    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)

        var microserviceName = Configuration["microserviceName"];



I know it's a bit too late, but maybe someone is looking for easy way to access appsettings in .net core app. in API constructor add the following:

public class TargetClassController : ControllerBase
    private readonly IConfiguration _config;

    public TargetClassController(IConfiguration config)
        _config = config;

    public async Task<ActionResult<DTOResponse>> Get(int id)
        var config = _config["YourKeySection:key"];

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