WebRequest.CreateDefault Method

Initializes a new WebRequest instance for the specified URI scheme.

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

public static WebRequest CreateDefault (
	Uri requestUri
public static WebRequest CreateDefault (
	Uri requestUri
public static function CreateDefault (
	requestUri : Uri
) : WebRequest



A Uri containing the URI of the requested resource.

Return Value

A WebRequest descendant for the specified URI scheme.

Exception typeCondition


The request scheme specified in requestUri is not registered.


requestUri is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).


The caller does not have permission to connect to the requested URI or a URI that the request is redirected to.

The CreateDefault method returns a WebRequest descendant instance based on only the scheme portion of a URI.

For example, when a URI beginning with http:// is passed in requestUri, an HttpWebRequest is returned by CreateDefault. If a URI beginning with file:// is passed instead, the CreateDefault method will return a FileWebRequest.


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

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, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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