Config File

As of Version 5.6 of the .NET version a config file is available to allow some aspects of DicomObjects behaviour to be modified without the need to recompile. This is broadly equivalent to the registry as used in the COM version, but has the advantage of being application-specific, avoiding any side-effects for other applications.

The config file is a simple text file called DicomObjects.Config in the same directory as the copy of DicomObjects.dll being used (which is normally the same as the application using it).  A similar facility exists for licencing override - see Activation File for more details.

Each line is independent, and should conform to one of the following formats


A comment

This is any line starting with # ; ' or // e.g. :

# This is a comment

A "registry" value

This has the form:

Name = NumericValue


Name = "Stringvalue"

The form with quotes is equivalent to DicomGlobal.SetRegString(Name, Stringvalue) and the form without is equivalent to DicomGlobal.SetRegWord(Name, NumericValue)

A Static Property

This has the form:

Class.Property = Value

The type of Value is determined internally by reflection to match the type of the property, and it may be a number (decimal or hex - preceded by 0x or &H), a string, a boolean or an Enum (in which case multiple value may be separated by commas) - e.g.

  • DicomDataSet.DefaultValidationTypes = Basic, CharacterSet
  • DicomGlobal.Timeout = 300
  • DicomGlobal.MoveTimesOut = False

A DicomGlobal method call

This has the form:

Methodname parameter, parameter, parameteretc.

As for the static property, the types of the parameters are determined by reflection and may be a wide variety of types

This is primarily used to initiate or override logging behaviour, e.g.

LogToFile "C:\Logs", 0x3F

A special internal mechanism is used to "freeze" any logging enabled via the Configuration file, such that it cannot subsequently be changed by internal program calls - allowing definitive control from the config file.