A Personal Folders File (.pst) is an Outlook data file that stores your messages and other items on your computer. This is the most common file in which information in Outlook is saved. You can export, backup, restore, and password protect a PST file using Outlook itself. Some Outlook users like to keep their PST files password protected to ensure the possibility of snooping to zero. It is possible to protect any PST file in Outlook:
- Open Outlook and go to
- In the
Account Settingswindow, select the PST file whose password you want to set. Then click
- In the
Outlook Data File window, click the
In this article, we will learn how to work with password protected pst files in C# .NET.
- How does it work internally?
- C# .NET API to Work with Password-Protected PST Files
- Read Password-Protected PST Files
- Check if a PST file is Password-Protected
- Validate a Password in Password-Protected PST
- Adding, Changing or Removing Password on PST Files
How does it work internally?
One interesting thing about password-protected Outlook PST files is that the protection is actually only implemented in Outlook; the data streams are not encrypted at all. And it makes it possible to use some API to reset the password or extract emails without knowing the password with APIs like Aspose.Email for .NET.
C# .NET API to Work with Password-Protected PST Files
Aspose.Email for .NET is a robust API that provides a range of features to implement email applications. Also, it allows reading and modifying pst and ost files and other mail storage formats such as MBOX, OLM. You can either install the library via NuGet or download its DLL.
PM> Install-Package Aspose.Email
Read Password-Protected PST Files
With Aspose.Email you can read password-protected files just like regular unprotected pst files.
Check if a PST file is Password-Protected
The API provides the PersonalStorage.Store.IsPasswordProtected property. The PersonalStorage.Store.IsPasswordProtected property returns
true if the PST file is password protected and
false if it is not.
To check if a file is password-protected, follow these steps:
Validate a Password in Password-Protected PST
The PersonalStorage.Store.IsPasswordValid() method takes the string password as a parameter and returns
true if the password is correct and
false if it is incorrect.
To validate a password, follow these steps:
- First, load PST from a file or a stream
- Then сall the PersonalStorage.Store.IsPasswordValid() method passing the password string to be checked as a parameter.
Adding, Changing or Removing Password on PST Files
The PersonalStorage.Store.ChangePassword() method is used to add, change or delete a password.
To do this, follow these steps:
- First, load PST from a file or a stream.
- Then сall the PersonalStorage.Store.ChangePassword method. To add or change the password, pass a password string as a parameter, and to remove the password, pass null value.
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In this article you have learned how to manage password-protected files using C#. Furthermore, you have seen how to read folder information, read emails, and extract items from a PST file in C#. Besides, you can explore more about Aspose.Email for .NET using documentation. Also, you can share your questions or queries on our forum.