WebClient::DownloadString Method (String^)


Downloads the requested resource as a String. The resource to download is specified as a String containing the URI.

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

String^ DownloadString(
	String^ address


Type: System::String^

A String containing the URI to download.

Return Value

Type: System::String^

A String containing the requested resource.

Exception Condition

The address parameter is null.


The URI formed by combining BaseAddress and address is invalid.


An error occurred while downloading the resource.


The method has been called simultaneously on multiple threads.

This method retrieves the specified resource. After it downloads the resource, the method uses the encoding specified in the Encoding property to convert the resource to a String. This method blocks while downloading the resource. To download a resource and continue executing while waiting for the server's response, use one of the DownloadStringAsync methods.

If the BaseAddress property is not an empty string ("") and address does not contain an absolute URI, address must be a relative URI that is combined with BaseAddress to form the absolute URI of the requested data. If the QueryString property is not an empty string, it is appended to address.

This method uses the RETR command to download an FTP resource. For an HTTP resource, the GET method is used.


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

The following code example demonstrates calling this method.

void DownloadString( String^ address )
   WebClient^ client = gcnew WebClient;
   String^ reply = client->DownloadString( address );
   Console::WriteLine( reply );

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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