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WebClient.Encoding Property

Gets and sets the Encoding used to upload and download strings.

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

public Encoding Encoding { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Text.Encoding
A Encoding that is used to encode strings. The default value of this property is the encoding returned by Default.

The UploadString and UploadStringAsync methods use this property to convert the specified string to a Byte array before uploading the string. For additional information, see the GetBytes method.

When a string is downloaded using the DownloadString or DownloadStringAsync methods, WebClient uses the Encoding returned by this to convert the downloaded Byte array into a string. For additional information, see the GetString method.

The following code example demonstrates setting the value of this property.

    public static void UploadString (string address)
    {
        string data = "Time = 12:00am temperature = 50";
        WebClient client = new WebClient ();
        // Optionally specify an encoding for uploading and downloading strings.
        client.Encoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8;
        // Upload the data. 
        string reply = client.UploadString (address, data);
        // Disply the server's response.
        Console.WriteLine (reply);
    }

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.3, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: 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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