HttpWebRequest.ReadWriteTimeout Property

Gets or sets a time-out when writing to or reading from a stream.

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

public int ReadWriteTimeout { get; set; }
/** @property */
public int get_ReadWriteTimeout ()

/** @property */
public void set_ReadWriteTimeout (int value)

public function get ReadWriteTimeout () : int

public function set ReadWriteTimeout (value : int)

Property Value

The number of milliseconds before the writing or reading times out. The default value is 300,000 milliseconds (5 minutes).

Exception typeCondition


The request has already been sent.


The value specified for a set operation is less than or equal to zero and is not equal to Infinite

The ReadWriteTimeout property is used when writing to the stream returned by the GetRequestStream method or reading from the stream returned by the GetResponseStream method.

Specifically, the ReadWriteTimeout property controls the time-out for the Read method, which is used to read the stream returned by the GetResponseStream method, and for the Write method, which is used to write to the stream returned by the GetRequestStream method.

To specify the amount of time to wait for the request to complete, use the Timeout property.

The following code example shows how to set the ReadWriteTimeout property.

HttpWebRequest myReq =
myReq.ReadWriteTimeout = 100000;

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0