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HttpWebResponse.GetResponseStream Method

Gets the stream that is used to read the body of the response from the server.

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

'Declaration
Public Overrides Function GetResponseStream As Stream

Return Value

Type: System.IO.Stream
A Stream containing the body of the response.

ExceptionCondition
ProtocolViolationException

There is no response stream.

ObjectDisposedException

The current instance has been disposed.

The GetResponseStream method returns the data stream from the requested Internet resource.

NoteNote

You must call either the Stream.Close or the HttpWebResponse.Close method to close the stream 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. Failure to close the stream will cause your application to run out of connections.

NoteNote

This member outputs trace information when you enable network tracing in your application. For more information, see Network Tracing in the .NET Framework.

The following example demonstrates how to use GetResponseStream to return the Stream instance used to read the response from the server.

            ' Creates an HttpWebRequest for the specified URL.  
            Dim myHttpWebRequest As HttpWebRequest = CType(WebRequest.Create(url), HttpWebRequest)
            ' Sends the request and waits for a response.			 
            Dim myHttpWebResponse As HttpWebResponse = CType(myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse(), HttpWebResponse)
            ' Calls the method GetResponseStream to return the stream associated with the response. 
            Dim receiveStream As Stream = myHttpWebResponse.GetResponseStream()
            Dim encode As Encoding = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding("utf-8")
            ' Pipes the response stream to a higher level stream reader with the required encoding format.  
            Dim readStream As New StreamReader(receiveStream, encode)
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Lf + ControlChars.Cr + "Response stream received")
            Dim read(256) As [Char]
            ' Reads 256 characters at a time.     
            Dim count As Integer = readStream.Read(read, 0, 256)
            Console.WriteLine("HTML..." + ControlChars.Lf + ControlChars.Cr)
            While count > 0
                ' Dumps the 256 characters to a string and displays the string to the console. 
                Dim str As New [String](read, 0, count)
                Console.Write(str)
                count = readStream.Read(read, 0, 256)
            End While
            Console.WriteLine("")
            ' Releases the resources of the Stream.
            readStream.Close()
	         ' Releases the resources of the response.
            myHttpWebResponse.Close()

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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

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