HttpWebResponse Class

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Provides an HTTP-specific implementation of the WebResponse class.

Namespace:  System.Net
Assembly:  System.Http (in System.Http.dll)

Public Class HttpWebResponse _
	Inherits WebResponse

The HttpWebResponse type exposes the following members.

Public propertyContentEncodingGets the method that is used to encode the body of the response.
Public propertyContentLengthGets the length of the content returned by the request. (Overrides WebResponse..::..ContentLength.)
Public propertyContentTypeGets the content type of the response. (Overrides WebResponse..::..ContentType.)
Public propertyHeadersGets the headers that are associated with this response from the server. (Overrides WebResponse..::..Headers.)
Public propertyLastModifiedGets the last date and time that the contents of the response were modified.
Public propertyMethodGets the method that is used to return the response.
Public propertyProtocolVersionGets the version of the HTTP protocol that is used in the response.
Public propertyResponseUriGets the URI of the Internet resource that responded to the request. (Overrides WebResponse..::..ResponseUri.)
Public propertyServerGets the name of the server that sent the response.
Public propertyStatusCodeGets the status of the response.
Public propertyStatusDescriptionGets the status description returned with the response.

Public methodCloseWhen overridden by a descendant class, closes the response stream. (Inherited from WebResponse.)
Public methodDispose()()()()Releases the unmanaged resources used by the WebResponse object. (Inherited from WebResponse.)
Protected methodDispose(Boolean)Releases the unmanaged resources used by the HttpWebResponse, and optionally disposes of the managed resources. (Overrides WebResponse..::..Dispose(Boolean).)
Public methodEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodFinalizePerforms clean-up operations. (Inherited from WebResponse.)
Public methodGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetResponseHeaderGets the contents of a header that was returned with the response.
Public methodGetResponseStreamGets the stream that is used to read the body of the response from the server. (Overrides WebResponse..::..GetResponseStream()()()().)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

This class contains support for HTTP-specific uses of the properties and methods of the WebResponse class. The HttpWebResponse class is used to build HTTP stand-alone client applications that send HTTP requests and receive HTTP responses.

You should never directly create an instance of the HttpWebResponse class. Instead, use the instance returned by a call to HttpWebRequest..::..GetResponse. You must call either the Stream..::..Close or the HttpWebResponse.Close method to close the response and release the connection for reuse. It is not necessary to call both Stream..::..Close and HttpWebResponse.Close, but doing so does not cause an error.

Common header information returned from the Internet resource is exposed as properties of the class. See the following table for a complete list. Other headers can be read from the Headers property as name/value pairs.

The following table shows the common HTTP headers that are available through properties of the HttpWebResponse class.













The contents of the response from the Internet resource are returned as a Stream by calling the GetResponseStream method.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.