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WebClient.GetWebRequest Method

Returns a WebRequest object for the specified resource.

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

protected virtual WebRequest GetWebRequest(
	Uri address


Type: System.Uri

A Uri that identifies the resource to request.

Return Value

Type: System.Net.WebRequest
A new WebRequest object for the specified resource.

This method copies the existing Headers, Credentials, and method to the newly created WebRequest object.

This method can be called only by classes that inherit from WebClient. It is provided to give inheritors access to the underlying WebRequest object. Derived classes should call the base class implementation of GetWebRequest to ensure the method works as expected.

The following code example shows an implementation of this method that can be customized by a class derived from WebClient.

protected override WebRequest GetWebRequest (Uri address)
    WebRequest request = (WebRequest) base.GetWebRequest (address);

    // Perform any customizations on the request. 
    // This version of WebClient always preauthenticates.
    request.PreAuthenticate = true;
    return request;
    WebRequest* GetWebRequest (Uri* address)
        WebRequest* request = dynamic_cast<WebRequest*> (WebClient::GetWebRequest (address));

        // Perform any customizations on the request.
        // This version of WebClient always preauthenticates.
        request->PreAuthenticate = true;
        return request;

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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