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FileWebResponse.GetResponseStream Method

Returns the data stream from the file system resource.

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

public override Stream GetResponseStream()

Return Value

Type: System.IO.Stream
A Stream for reading data from the file system resource.

The GetResponseStream method returns the data stream from the file system 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 the GetResponseStream method to return the data stream from the file system resource.

Uri fileUrl = new Uri("file://"+url);
// Create a 'FileWebrequest' object with the specified Uri. 
FileWebRequest myFileWebRequest = (FileWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(fileUrl);
// Send the 'FileWebRequest' object and wait for response. 
FileWebResponse myFileWebResponse = (FileWebResponse)myFileWebRequest.GetResponse();

// Get the stream object associated with the response object.
Stream receiveStream = myFileWebResponse.GetResponseStream();

Encoding encode = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding("utf-8");
// Pipe the stream to a higher level stream reader with the required encoding format. 
StreamReader readStream = new StreamReader( receiveStream, encode );
Console.WriteLine("\r\nResponse stream received");

Char[] read = new Char[256];
// Read 256 characters at a time.    
int count = readStream.Read( read, 0, 256 );
Console.WriteLine("File Data...\r\n");
while (count > 0) 
    // Dump the 256 characters on a string and display the string onto the console.
    String str = new String(read, 0, count);
    count = readStream.Read(read, 0, 256);
// Release resources of stream object.
// Release resources of response object.

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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