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WebHeaderCollection.Remove Method (String)

Removes the specified header from the collection.

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

public override void Remove(
	string name


Type: System.String
The name of the header to remove from the collection.


name is null Empty.


name is a restricted header.


name contains invalid characters.

Remove deletes the specified header from the collection. If the specified header does not exist, the method returns.

The following example uses the Remove method to remove a header from the WebHeaderCollection. After the header is removed, this example prints all existing headers to the screen to prove that it has been removed.

		try {
			// Create a web request for "".
		 	HttpWebRequest myHttpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest) WebRequest.Create("");

			// Get the headers associated with the request.
			WebHeaderCollection myWebHeaderCollection = myHttpWebRequest.Headers;

			// Set the Cache-Control header.
			myWebHeaderCollection.Set("Cache-Control", "no-cache");

			// Get the associated response for the above request.
		 	HttpWebResponse myHttpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse) myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse();

			// Print the headers of the request to console.
			Console.WriteLine("Print request headers after adding Cache-Control for first request:");

			// Remove the Cache-Control header for the new request.

			// Get the response for the new request.
			myHttpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse) myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse();

			// Print the headers of the new request without the Cache-Control header.
			Console.WriteLine("Print request headers after removing Cache-Control for the new request:");
		// Catch exception if trying to remove a restricted header.
		catch(ArgumentException e) {
			Console.WriteLine("Error : Trying to remove a restricted header");
			Console.WriteLine("ArgumentException is thrown. Message is :" + e.Message);
		catch(WebException e) {
			Console.WriteLine("WebException is thrown. Message is :" + e.Message);
			if(e.Status == WebExceptionStatus.ProtocolError) {
				Console.WriteLine("Status Code : {0}", ((HttpWebResponse)e.Response).StatusCode);
				Console.WriteLine("Status Description : {0}", ((HttpWebResponse)e.Response).StatusDescription);
				Console.WriteLine("Server : {0}", ((HttpWebResponse)e.Response).Server);
		catch(Exception e) {
			Console.WriteLine("Exception is thrown. Message is :" + e.Message);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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.