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WebRequest.GetResponse Method

When overridden in a descendant class, returns a response to an Internet request.

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

Public Overridable Function GetResponse As WebResponse

Return Value

Type: System.Net.WebResponse
A WebResponse containing the response to the Internet request.


Any attempt is made to access the method, when the method is not overridden in a descendant class.

The GetResponse method sends a request to an Internet resource and returns a WebResponse instance. If the request has already been initiated by a call to GetRequestStream, the GetResponse method completes the request and returns any response.

The GetResponse method provides synchronous access to the WebResponse. For asynchronous access, use the BeginGetResponse and EndGetResponse methods.


The WebRequest class is an abstract class. The actual behavior of WebRequest instances at run time is determined by the descendant class returned by the WebRequest.Create method. For more information about default values and exceptions, see the documentation for the descendant classes, such as HttpWebRequest and FileWebRequest.


If a WebException is thrown, use the Response and Status properties of the exception to determine the response from the server.

The following example sets the Timeout property to 10000 milliseconds. If the timeout period expires before the resource can be returned, a WebException is thrown.

            ' Create a new WebRequest Object to the mentioned URL. 
            Dim myWebRequest As WebRequest = WebRequest.Create("http://www.contoso.com")
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "The Timeout time of the request before setting is : {0} milliseconds", myWebRequest.Timeout)

            ' Set the 'Timeout' property in Milliseconds.
	     myWebRequest.Timeout = 10000

           ' Assign the response object of 'WebRequest' to a 'WebResponse' variable. 
            Dim myWebResponse As WebResponse = myWebRequest.GetResponse()

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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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