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WebException.Response Property

Gets the response that the remote host returned.

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

'Declaration
Public ReadOnly Property Response As WebResponse

Property Value

Type: System.Net.WebResponse
If a response is available from the Internet resource, a WebResponse instance that contains the error response from an Internet resource; otherwise, Nothing.

Some Internet protocols, such as HTTP, return otherwise valid responses indicating that an error has occurred at the protocol level. When the response to an Internet request indicates an error, WebRequest.GetResponse sets the Status property to WebExceptionStatus.ProtocolError and provides the WebResponse that contains the error message in the Response property of the WebException that was thrown. The application can examine the WebResponse to determine the actual error.

The following example checks the Status property and prints to the console the StatusCode and StatusDescription of the underlying HttpWebResponse instance.

 Try 
     'Create a web request for an invalid site. Substitute the "invalid site" strong in the Create call with a invalid name. 
     Dim myHttpWebRequest As HttpWebRequest = CType(WebRequest.Create("invalid site"), HttpWebRequest)

     'Get the associated response for the above request. 
     Dim myHttpWebResponse As HttpWebResponse = CType(myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse(), HttpWebResponse)
     myHttpWebResponse.Close()
 Catch e As WebException
     Console.WriteLine(e.Message)

      If e.Status = WebExceptionStatus.ProtocolError Then
         Console.WriteLine("Status Code : {0}", CType(e.Response, HttpWebResponse).StatusCode)
         Console.WriteLine("Status Description : {0}", CType(e.Response, HttpWebResponse).StatusDescription)
     End If 

Catch e As Exception
     Console.WriteLine(e.Message)
 End Try

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

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

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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