AWS sdk for C#, where to put the App.config file?


So I have a C# console application that uploads files to s3 storage.

It works fine when I debug it from inside Visual Studio, however, when I build the .exe and run it off my server, I get errors saying that it couldn’t find the Access Key inside the App.config file.

And also:

The second error is might be caused by the first.

I have my App.config file in the same directory as the .exe I’m running, but that doesn’t help.

What else do I have to do?

Here’s my App.config file:

The build action for this file is “Embedded Resource” I’ve also tried changing it to “Content” and that didn’t help.

Some things that may or may not be relevant:

I’m using ILMerge to merge the AWSSDK.dll (among others) into the exe, then I run that file off of an Amazon EC2 instance through the command line.


When you look in your “bin” directory, the .config file should be named yourprogram.exe.config. It won’t find the configuration values otherwise, and it should be a content file, not an embedded resource. The .config file must always be present and in the same directory as the EXE.

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