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FtpWebResponse.GetResponseStream Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Retrieves the stream that contains response data sent from an FTP server.

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

public override Stream GetResponseStream ()
public Stream GetResponseStream ()
public override function GetResponseStream () : Stream

Return Value

A readable Stream instance that contains data returned with the response; otherwise, Null if no response data was returned by the server.

Exception typeCondition

InvalidOperationException

The response did not return a data stream.

After reading the data, you must close the stream. The stream is automatically closed when you close the FtpWebResponse object that contains it.

An exception is thrown unless the request method is DownloadFile or ListDirectory.

The following code example demonstrates getting the response stream for a ListDirectory request.

public static bool ListFilesOnServer(Uri serverUri)
{
    // The serverUri should start with the ftp:// scheme.
    if (serverUri.Scheme != Uri.UriSchemeFtp)
    {
        return false;
    }
    // Get the object used to communicate with the server.
    FtpWebRequest request = (FtpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(serverUri);
    request.Method = WebRequestMethods.Ftp.ListDirectory;
    
    // Get the ServicePoint object used for this request, and limit it to one connection.
    // In a real-world application you might use the default number of connections (2),
    // or select a value that works best for your application.
    
    ServicePoint sp = request.ServicePoint;
    Console.WriteLine("ServicePoint connections = {0}.", sp.ConnectionLimit);
    sp.ConnectionLimit = 1;
    
    FtpWebResponse response = (FtpWebResponse) request.GetResponse();
     
    // The following streams are used to read the data returned from the server.
    Stream responseStream = null;
    StreamReader readStream = null;
    try
    {
        responseStream = response.GetResponseStream(); 
        readStream = new StreamReader(responseStream, System.Text.Encoding.UTF8);
 
        if (readStream != null)
        {
            // Display the data received from the server.
            Console.WriteLine(readStream.ReadToEnd());
        } 
        Console.WriteLine("List status: {0}",response.StatusDescription);            
    }
    finally
    {
        if (readStream != null)
        {
            readStream.Close();
        }
        if (response != null)
        {
            response.Close();
        }
    }
   
    return true;
}

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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