PageStatePersister.StateFormatter Property


Gets an IStateFormatter object that is used to serialize and deserialize the state information contained in the ViewState and ControlState properties during calls to the Save() and Load() methods.

 property System::Web::UI::IStateFormatter ^ StateFormatter { System::Web::UI::IStateFormatter ^ get(); };
protected System.Web.UI.IStateFormatter StateFormatter { get; }
member this.StateFormatter : System.Web.UI.IStateFormatter
Protected ReadOnly Property StateFormatter As IStateFormatter

Property Value


An instance of IStateFormatter that is used to serialize and deserialize object state.


The following code example demonstrates how a class that derives from the PageStatePersister class accesses the StateFormatter property to retrieve an ObjectStateFormatter object, which is the default implementation of the IStateFormatter interface, to serialize view state and control state to a stream. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the PageStatePersister class.

// Persist any ViewState and ControlState.
public override void Save()

    if (ViewState != null || ControlState != null)
        if (Page.Session != null)
            Stream stateStream = GetSecureStream();

            StreamWriter writer = new StreamWriter(stateStream);

            IStateFormatter formatter = this.StateFormatter;
            Pair statePair = new Pair(ViewState, ControlState);

            // Serialize the statePair object to a string.
            string serializedState = formatter.Serialize(statePair);

            throw new InvalidOperationException("Session needed for StreamPageStatePersister.");
' Persist any ViewState and ControlState.
Public Overrides Sub Save()

    If Not (ViewState Is Nothing) OrElse Not (ControlState Is Nothing) Then
        If Not (Page.Session Is Nothing) Then

            Dim stateStream As Stream
            stateStream = GetSecureStream()

            ' Write a state string, using the StateFormatter.
            Dim writer As New StreamWriter(stateStream)

            Dim formatter As IStateFormatter
            formatter = Me.StateFormatter

            Dim statePair As New Pair(ViewState, ControlState)

            Dim serializedState As String
            serializedState = formatter.Serialize(statePair)

            Throw New InvalidOperationException("Session needed for StreamPageStatePersister.")
        End If
    End If
End Sub


You can override the StateFormatter property to provide your own view state formatter.

Applies to