WebResponse Class

Provides a response from a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). This is an abstract class.

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

public abstract class WebResponse : MarshalByRefObject, 
	ISerializable, IDisposable

The WebResponse class is the abstract base class from which protocol-specific response classes are derived. Applications can participate in request and response transactions in a protocol-agnostic manner using instances of the WebResponse class while protocol-specific classes derived from WebResponse carry out the details of the request.

Client applications do not create WebResponse objects directly; they are created by calling the GetResponse method on a WebRequest instance.

Notes to Inheritors:

When you inherit from WebResponse, you must override the following members: ContentLength, ContentType, GetResponseStream, ResponseUri, and Headers.

The following example creates a WebResponse instance from a WebRequest.

// Initialize the WebRequest.
WebRequest myRequest = WebRequest.Create("http://www.contoso.com");

// Return the response. 
WebResponse myResponse = myRequest.GetResponse();

// Code to use the WebResponse goes here. 

// Close the response to free resources.
// Initialize the WebRequest.
WebRequest* myRequest = WebRequest::Create(S"http://www.contoso.com");

// Return the response. 
WebResponse* myResponse = myRequest->GetResponse();

// Code to use the WebResponse goes here.

// Close the response to free resources.

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

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0