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HttpServerUtility.Transfer Method (IHttpHandler, Boolean)

Terminates execution of the current page and starts execution of a new request by using a custom HTTP handler that implements the IHttpHandler interface and specifies whether to clear the QueryString and Form collections.

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

public void Transfer(
	IHttpHandler handler,
	bool preserveForm


Type: System.Web.IHttpHandler
The HTTP handler that implements the IHttpHandler to transfer the current request to.
Type: System.Boolean
true to preserve the QueryString and Form collections; false to clear the QueryString and Form collections.


The current page request is a callback.

You can write custom HTTP handlers to process specific, predefined types of HTTP requests in any language that is compliant with the Common Language Specification (CLS). Executable code that is defined in the HTTP handler classes instead of conventional ASP (also known as classic ASP) pages or ASP.NET pages responds to these specific requests. HTTP handlers allow for interacting with the low-level request and response services of a Web server that is running Internet Information Services (IIS), and they provide functionality that is similar to ISAPI extensions but with a simpler programming model.

If you set the preserveForm parameter to true, the target page will be able to access the view state of the previous page by using the PreviousPage property.

For security purposes, you should keep the enableViewStateMac attribute set to true. ASP.NET does not verify that the current user is authorized to view the resource delivered by the Transfer method. Although the ASP.NET authorization and authentication logic runs before the original resource handler is called, ASP.NET directly calls the handler indicated by the Transfer method, and does not rerun authentication and authorization logic for the new resource. If the security policy for your application requires clients to have appropriate authorization to access the resource, the application should force reauthorization or provide a custom access-control mechanism.

You can force reauthorization by using the Redirect method instead of the Transfer method. The Redirect method performs a client-side redirect in which the browser requests the new resource. Because this redirect is a new request entering the system, it is subjected to all the authentication and authorization logic of both the IIS and ASP.NET security policy.

You can verify that the user has permission to view the resource by incorporating a custom authorization method that uses the IsInRole method before the application calls the Transfer method.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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.