HttpWebRequest.AddRange Method (Int32, Int32)


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Adds a byte range header to the request for a specified range.

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

public void AddRange(
	int from,
	int to


Type: System.Int32

The position at which to start sending data.

Type: System.Int32

The position at which to stop sending data.

Exception Condition

rangeSpecifier is invalid.


from is greater than to


from or to is less than 0.


The range header could not be added.

The HttpWebRequest.AddRange method adds a byte range header to the request.

Since all HTTP entities are represented in HTTP messages as sequences of bytes, the concept of a byte range is meaningful for any HTTP entity. However, not all clients and servers need to support byte-range operations.

The Range header on a request allows a client to request that it only wants to receive some part of the specified range of bytes in an HTTP entity. Servers are not required to support Range header requests.

An example of a Range header in an HTTP protocol request that requests the first 100 bytes would be would be the following:

Range: bytes=0-99\r\n\r\n

For this example, the from parameter would be specified as 0 and the to parameter would be specified as 99. The range specifier is automatically set as "bytes" by this method.

A HTTP server indicates support for Range headers with the Accept-Ranges header. An example of the Accept-Ranges header from a server that supports byte-ranges would be as follows:

Accept-Ranges: bytes\r\n\r\n

If an Accept-Ranges header is not received in the header of the response from the server, then the server does not support Range headers. An example of the Accept-Ranges header from a server that does not support ranges, but recognizes the Accept-Ranges header, would be as follows:

Accept-Ranges: none\r\n\r\n

When receiving the response from a range request, only the HTTP headers associated with the entire request are parsed and made available via properties on the HttpWebResponse class. Headers associated with each range are returned in the response.

The following code example adds a range header to the request.

// Create a New 'HttpWebRequest' object .
HttpWebRequest myHttpWebRequest=(HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create("");
Console.WriteLine("Call AddRange(50,150)");
Console.Write("Resulting Request Headers: ");

// Assign the response object of 'HttpWebRequest' to a 'HttpWebResponse' variable.
HttpWebResponse myHttpWebResponse=(HttpWebResponse)myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse();

   // Displays the headers in the response received
   Console.Write("Resulting Response Headers: ");

// Display the contents of the page to the console.
Stream streamResponse=myHttpWebResponse.GetResponseStream();
StreamReader streamRead = new StreamReader( streamResponse );
Char[] readBuffer = new Char[256];
int count = streamRead.Read( readBuffer, 0, 256 );
Console.WriteLine("\nThe HTML contents of the page from 50th to 150 characters are :\n  ");	
while (count > 0) 
	String outputData = new String(readBuffer, 0, count);
	count = streamRead.Read(readBuffer, 0, 256);
// Release the response object resources.

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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