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How to change the password requirements

The password restrictions are set with the settings configured in ASP.NET Identity.
Those options are used to define the required password strength when a user password is set. You can configure these requirements in order to specify properties like the minimal password length or if the process is expecting digits, uppercase or non alphanumeric characters.

Configure password settings in ConfigureServices

The easiest way is to change these settings is to add this code in the ConfigureServices method in your Startup class:

 services.Configure<IdentityOptions>(options =>
   options.Password.RequireDigit = false;
   options.Password.RequireLowercase = true;
   options.Password.RequireUppercase = true;
   options.Password.RequireNonAlphanumeric = false;
   options.Password.RequiredUniqueChars = 3;
   options.Password.RequiredLength = 6;


This is just an example. You need to choose values that are compliant with your security requirements.

The documentation about the PasswordOptions in ASP.NET Core Identity is available here:

Reading configuration from an external config file

A better way to achieve this is to read configuration from configuration sources as settings files, environment variables, command-line arguments. For a complete list of the default configuration sources used by the default configuration providers, and how you can customize it, see the related ASP.NET Core documentation:

Using the appsettings.{Environment}.json settings files, for example appsettings.json, appsettings.Production.json and appsettings.Development.json, will allow you to specify different settings depending on the environment and transform the configuration section when you deploy it.

To do this, add a Configuration property in the Startup class:

public IConfiguration Configuration { get; }

In order to initialize the Configuration, set the property in the constructor like this:

public sealed Startup(IConfiguration configuration)
    Configuration = configuration;

Then, replace the hard coded configuration with this code that reads it from the configuration file:

services.Configure<IdentityOptions>(options =>

Finally, create a file called appsettings.json with this configuration in json:

  "IdentityOptions": {
    "Password": {
      "RequireDigit": false,
      "RequireLowercase": true,
      "RequireUppercase": true,
      "RequireNonAlphanumeric": false,
      "RequiredUniqueChars": 3,
      "RequiredLength": 6


You just learnt how to configure the password settings from an appsettings.json file.

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