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HttpWebRequest.Timeout Property

Gets or sets the time-out value in milliseconds for the GetResponse and GetRequestStream methods.

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

public override function get Timeout () : int 
public override function set Timeout (value : int)

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of milliseconds to wait before the request times out. The default value is 100,000 milliseconds (100 seconds).


The value specified is less than zero and is not Infinite.

Timeout is the number of milliseconds that a subsequent synchronous request made with the GetResponse method waits for a response, and the GetRequestStream method waits for a stream. If the resource is not returned within the time-out period, the request throws a WebException with the Status property set to WebExceptionStatus.Timeout.

The Timeout property must be set before the GetRequestStream or GetResponse method is called. Changing the Timeout property after calling the GetRequestStream or GetResponse method has no effect

The Timeout property has no effect on asynchronous requests made with the BeginGetResponse or BeginGetRequestStream method.

Caution noteCaution:

In the case of asynchronous requests, the client application implements its own time-out mechanism. Refer to the example in the BeginGetResponse method.

To specify the amount of time to wait before a read or write operation times out, use the ReadWriteTimeout property.

A Domain Name System (DNS) query may take up to 15 seconds to return or time out. If your request contains a host name that requires resolution and you set Timeout to a value less than 15 seconds, it may take 15 seconds or more before a WebException is thrown to indicate a timeout on your request.

The following code example sets the Timeout property of the HttpWebRequest object.

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// Create a new 'HttpWebRequest' Object to the mentioned URL.
HttpWebRequest* myHttpWebRequest =
Console::WriteLine(S"\nThe timeout time of the request before setting the property is {0} milliseconds.",
// Set the  'Timeout' property of the HttpWebRequest to 10 milliseconds.
myHttpWebRequest->Timeout = 10;
// Display the 'Timeout' property of the 'HttpWebRequest' on the console.
Console::WriteLine(S"\nThe timeout time of the request after setting the timeout is {0} milliseconds.",
// A HttpWebResponse object is created and is GetResponse Property of the HttpWebRequest associated with it
HttpWebResponse* myHttpWebResponse =

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

.NET Framework

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