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FtpWebRequest.BeginGetResponse Method

Begins sending a request and receiving a response from an FTP server asynchronously.

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

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, ExternalThreading = true)]
public override IAsyncResult BeginGetResponse(
	AsyncCallback callback,
	Object state


Type: System.AsyncCallback
An AsyncCallback delegate that references the method to invoke when the operation is complete.
Type: System.Object
A user-defined object that contains information about the operation. This object is passed to the callback delegate when the operation completes.

Return Value

Type: System.IAsyncResult
An IAsyncResult instance that indicates the status of the operation.


GetResponse or BeginGetResponse has already been called for this instance.

You must complete the asynchronous operation by calling the EndGetResponse method. Typically, EndGetResponse is called by the method referenced by callback. To determine the state of the operation, check the properties in the IAsyncResult object returned by the BeginGetResponse method.

If the Proxy property is set, either directly or in a configuration file, communications with the FTP server are made through the specified proxy.

BeginGetResponse does not block while waiting for the response from the server. To block, call the GetResponse method in place of BeginGetResponse.

For more information about using the asynchronous programming model, see Calling Synchronous Methods Asynchronously.

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


If a WebException is thrown, use the Response and Status properties of the exception to determine the response from the server.


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: ExternalThreading. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

Notes to Callers

This method generates network traffic.

The following code example demonstrates ending an asynchronous operation to get a request's stream, and then starting a request to get the response. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the FtpWebRequest class overview.

private static void EndGetStreamCallback(IAsyncResult ar)
    FtpState state = (FtpState) ar.AsyncState;

    Stream requestStream = null;
    // End the asynchronous call to get the request stream.
        requestStream = state.Request.EndGetRequestStream(ar);
        // Copy the file contents to the request stream.
        const int bufferLength = 2048;
        byte[] buffer = new byte[bufferLength];
        int count = 0;
        int readBytes = 0;
        FileStream stream = File.OpenRead(state.FileName);
            readBytes = stream.Read(buffer, 0, bufferLength);
            requestStream.Write(buffer, 0, readBytes);
            count += readBytes;
        while (readBytes != 0);
        Console.WriteLine ("Writing {0} bytes to the stream.", count);
        // IMPORTANT: Close the request stream before sending the request.
        // Asynchronously get the response to the upload request.
            new AsyncCallback (EndGetResponseCallback), 
    // Return exceptions to the main application thread.
    catch (Exception e)
        Console.WriteLine("Could not get the request stream.");
        state.OperationException = e;


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.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.