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HttpWebRequest::ContentLength Property

Gets or sets the Content-length HTTP header.

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

public:
virtual property long long ContentLength {
	long long get () override;
	void set (long long value) override;
}

Property Value

Type: System::Int64
The number of bytes of data to send to the Internet resource. The default is -1, which indicates the property has not been set and that there is no request data to send.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

The request has been started by calling the GetRequestStream, BeginGetRequestStream, GetResponse, or BeginGetResponse method.

ArgumentOutOfRangeException

The new ContentLength value is less than 0.

The ContentLength property contains the value to send as the Content-length HTTP header with the request.

Any value other than -1 in the ContentLength property indicates that the request uploads data and that only methods that upload data are allowed to be set in the Method property.

After the ContentLength property is set to a value, that number of bytes must be written to the request stream that is returned by calling the GetRequestStream method or both the BeginGetRequestStream and the EndGetRequestStream methods.

NoteNote

The value for this property is stored in WebHeaderCollection. If WebHeaderCollection is set, the property value is lost.

The following code example sets the ContentLength property to the length of the string being posted.

// Set the 'Method' property of the 'Webrequest' to 'POST'.
myHttpWebRequest->Method = "POST";
Console::WriteLine( "\nPlease enter the data to be posted to the (http://www.contoso.com/codesnippets/next.asp) Uri :" );

// Create a new String* Object* to POST data to the Url.
String^ inputData = Console::ReadLine();

String^ postData = String::Concat( "firstone= ", inputData );
ASCIIEncoding^ encoding = gcnew ASCIIEncoding;
array<Byte>^ byte1 = encoding->GetBytes( postData );

// Set the content type of the data being posted.
myHttpWebRequest->ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded";

// Set the content length of the String* being posted.
myHttpWebRequest->ContentLength = byte1->Length;

Stream^ newStream = myHttpWebRequest->GetRequestStream();

newStream->Write( byte1, 0, byte1->Length );
Console::WriteLine( "The value of 'ContentLength' property after sending the data is {0}", myHttpWebRequest->ContentLength );

// Close the Stream Object*.
newStream->Close();

.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

.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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