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HttpContext Class

Encapsulates all HTTP-specific information about an individual HTTP request.

Namespace: System.Web
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

'Declaration
Public NotInheritable Class HttpContext
	Implements IServiceProvider
'Usage
Dim instance As HttpContext

public final class HttpContext implements IServiceProvider
public final class HttpContext implements IServiceProvider
Not applicable.

Classes that inherit the IHttpModule and IHttpHandler interfaces are provided a reference to an HttpContext object for the current HTTP request. The object provides access to the intrinsic Request, Response, and Server properties for the request.

HttpContext is introduced in the .NET Framework version 3.5. For more information, see The .NET Framework 3.5 Architecture.

The following example demonstrates how to access and display properties of the HttpContext object. The context of the current HTTP request is accessed by using the Context property of the Page object.

<%@ Page Language="VB" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<script runat="server">

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)
        ' The HttpContext associated with the page can be accessed by the Context property.
        Dim sb As New System.Text.StringBuilder()

        ' Use the current HttpContext object to determine if custom errors are enabled.
        sb.Append("Is custom errors enabled: " & _
            Context.IsCustomErrorEnabled.ToString() & "<br/>")

        ' Use the current HttpContext object to determine if debugging is enabled.
        sb.Append("Is debugging enabled: " & _
            Context.IsDebuggingEnabled.ToString() & "<br/>")

        ' Use the current HttpContext object to access the current TraceContext object.
        sb.Append("Trace Enabled: " & _
            Context.Trace.IsEnabled.ToString() & "<br/>")

        ' Use the current HttpContext object to access the current HttpApplicationState object.
        sb.Append("Number of items in Application state: " & _
            Context.Application.Count.ToString() & "<br/>")

        ' Use the current HttpContext object to access the current HttpSessionState object.
        ' Session state may not be configured.
        Try
            sb.Append("Number of items in Session state: " & _
                Context.Session.Count.ToString() & "<br/>")
        Catch ex As Exception
            sb.Append("Session state not enabled. <br/>")
        End Try

        ' Use the current HttpContext object to access the current Cache object.
        sb.Append("Number of items in the cache: " & _
            Context.Cache.Count.ToString() & "<br/>")

        ' Use the current HttpContext object to determine the timestamp for the current HTTP Request.
        sb.Append("Timestamp for the HTTP request: " & _
            Context.Timestamp.ToString() & "<br/>")

        ' Assign StringBuilder object to output label.
        OutputLabel.Text = sb.ToString()
    End Sub
</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>HttpContext Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <div>
       Using the current HttpContext to get information about the current page.
       <br />
       <asp:Label id="OutputLabel" runat="server"></asp:Label>           
    </div>
    </form>
</body>
</html>

System.Object
  System.Web.HttpContext

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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