HttpListenerContext.Response Property

Gets the HttpListenerResponse object that will be sent to the client in response to the client's request.

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

public HttpListenerResponse Response { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Net.HttpListenerResponse
An HttpListenerResponse object used to send a response back to the client.

Your application configures the response by setting properties in the HttpListenerResponse object returned by this property. After configuring the response, you send it to the client by closing the response, or by closing this HttpListenerContext object.

Notes to Callers:

Note: This member outputs trace information when you enable network tracing in your application. For more information, see Network Tracing.

The following code example demonstrates getting the response to a client's request and adding the response body.

// This example requires the System and System.Net namespaces. 
public static string ClientInformation(HttpListenerContext context)
{
    System.Security.Principal.IPrincipal user = context.User;
    System.Security.Principal.IIdentity id = user.Identity;
    if (id == null)
    {
        return "Client authentication is not enabled for this Web server.";
    }

    string display;
    if (id.IsAuthenticated)
    {
        display = String.Format("{0} was authenticated using {1}", id.Name, 
            id.AuthenticationType);
    }
    else
    {
       display = String.Format("{0} was not authenticated", id.Name);
    }
    return display;
}

public static void SimpleListenerWithAuthentication(string[] prefixes)
{
    if (!HttpListener.IsSupported)
    {
        Console.WriteLine ("Windows XP SP2 or Server 2003 is required to use the HttpListener class.");
        return;
    }

    // URI prefixes are required, 
    // for example "http://contoso.com:8080/index/".
    if (prefixes == null || prefixes.Length == 0)
      throw new ArgumentException("prefixes");

    // Set up a listener.
    HttpListener listener = new HttpListener();
    foreach (string s in prefixes)
    {
        listener.Prefixes.Add(s);
    }
    listener.Start();
    // Specify Negotiate as the authentication scheme.
    listener.AuthenticationSchemes = AuthenticationSchemes.Negotiate;
    Console.WriteLine("Listening...");
    // GetContext blocks while waiting for a request. 
    HttpListenerContext context = listener.GetContext();
    HttpListenerRequest request = context.Request;
    // Obtain a response object.
    HttpListenerResponse response = context.Response;
    // Construct a response.
    string clientInformation = ClientInformation(context);
    byte[] buffer = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("<HTML><BODY> " + clientInformation + "</BODY></HTML>");
    // Get a response stream and write the response to it.
    response.ContentLength64 = buffer.Length;
    System.IO.Stream output = response.OutputStream;
    output.Write(buffer,0,buffer.Length);
    output.Close();
    listener.Stop();
}

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0
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