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HttpException Constructor (Int32, String, Exception)

Initializes a new instance of the HttpException class using an HTTP response status code, an error message, and the InnerException property.

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

public HttpException(
	int httpCode,
	string message,
	Exception innerException


Type: System.Int32

The HTTP response status code displayed on the client.

Type: System.String

The error message displayed to the client when the exception is thrown.

Type: System.Exception

The InnerException, if any, that threw the current exception.

When handling exceptions, it can be useful to capture a series of related exceptions with the outer exception being thrown in response to an inner exception.

A reference to the inner exception that caused the outer exception is available from the InnerException property of the outer exception. This mechanism preserves the error information that is carried by earlier exceptions, including the original exceptions, while allowing you to create more meaningful outer exceptions. For more information, see InnerException.

The following code example demonstrates the HttpException constructor of the HttpException class. The CheckNumber method accepts a user-entered value and checks whether it is an integer. If the value is not an integer, an exception is thrown, and then a new HttpException object containing the HTTP response status code, the exception's message, and any inner exception is created. That exception is caught in the Button_Click event handler and the error message, error code, and inner exception are displayed.

Security noteSecurity Note

This example has a text box that accepts user input, which is a potential security threat. By default, ASP.NET Web pages validate that user input does not include script or HTML elements. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview.

<%@ Import Namespace="System.Drawing" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
    <title>Example for HttpException</title>
<script language="C#" runat="server">
         void CheckNumber()
               // Check whether the value is an integer.
               String convertInt = textbox1.Text;
            catch(Exception ex)
               // Throw an HttpException object that contains the HTTP error code,
               // message, and inner exception.
               throw new HttpException(500, "The entered value is not an integer.", ex);

         void Button_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
               label1.Text = "The integer value you entered is: " + textbox1.Text;
            catch(HttpException exp)
               // Display the exception thrown.
               label1.ForeColor = Color.Red;
               label1.Text = "An HttpException was raised!: " + exp.Message;
               Exception myInnerException = exp.InnerException;

               // Display the inner exception.
               label2.Text = "The InnerException is : " + myInnerException.GetType();


         void page_load(Object sender,EventArgs e)


         <h3>Example for HttpException</h3>
         <form id="WebForm9" method="post" runat="server">
            <b>Enter the value in the text box </b>
            <br />
            <asp:TextBox Runat="server" ID="textbox1"></asp:TextBox>
            <br />
            <asp:Button Text="Click Here" OnClick="Button_Click" Runat="server" ID="Button1"></asp:Button>
            <br />
               <asp:Label Runat="server" ID="label1"></asp:Label>
               <br />
               <asp:Label Runat="server" ID="label2"></asp:Label>

.NET Framework

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

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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