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WebResponse.GetResponseStream Method

When overridden in a descendant class, returns the data stream from the Internet resource.

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

Public Overridable Function GetResponseStream As Stream

Return Value

Type: System.IO.Stream
An instance of the Stream class for reading data from the Internet resource.


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

The GetResponseStream method returns the data stream from the Internet resource.


The response stream must be closed to avoid running out of system resources. The response stream can be closed by calling Stream.Close or Close

The following example uses GetResponseStream to return a StreamReader instance. A small local buffer is used to read data from the StreamReader and output it to the console.

            ' Create a 'WebRequest' object with the specified url  
            Dim myWebRequest As WebRequest = WebRequest.Create("www.contoso.com")

            ' Send the 'WebRequest' and wait for response. 
            Dim myWebResponse As WebResponse = myWebRequest.GetResponse()

            ' Call method 'GetResponseStream' to obtain stream associated with the response object 
            Dim ReceiveStream As Stream = myWebResponse.GetResponseStream()

            Dim encode As Encoding = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding("utf-8")

            ' Pipe the stream to a higher level stream reader with the required encoding format. 
            Dim readStream As New StreamReader(ReceiveStream, encode)
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "Response stream received")
            Dim read(256) As [Char]

            ' Read 256 charcters at a time    . 
            Dim count As Integer = readStream.Read(read, 0, 256)
            Console.WriteLine("HTML..." + ControlChars.Lf + ControlChars.Cr)
            While count > 0

                ' Dump the 256 characters on a string and display the string onto the console. 
                Dim str As New [String](read, 0, count)
                count = readStream.Read(read, 0, 256)

            End While

            ' Release the resources of stream object.

	         ' Release the resources of response object.

.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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