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WebRequest.Create Method (String)

Initializes a new WebRequest instance for the specified URI scheme.

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

public static function Create(
	requestUriString : String
) : WebRequest


Type: System.String

The URI that identifies the Internet resource.

Return Value

Type: System.Net.WebRequest
A WebRequest descendant for the specific URI scheme.


The request scheme specified in requestUriString has not been registered.


requestUriString 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 URI specified in requestUriString is not a valid URI.

The Create method returns a descendant of the WebRequest class determined at run time as the closest registered match for requestUri.

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

The .NET Framework includes support for the http://, https://, and file:// URI schemes. Custom WebRequest descendants to handle other requests are registered with the RegisterPrefix method.

The Create method uses the requestUriString parameter to create a Uri instance that it passes to the new WebRequest.


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

The following example uses Create to instantiate an HttpWebRequest instance. A string representing the target URL is used as the constructor parameter.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.
Uri* ourUri = new Uri(url);

// Create a 'WebRequest' object with the specified url.
WebRequest* myWebRequest = WebRequest::Create(url);

// Send the 'WebRequest' and wait for response.
WebResponse* myWebResponse = myWebRequest->GetResponse();

// Use "ResponseUri" property to get the actual Uri from where the response was attained.
if (ourUri->Equals(myWebResponse->ResponseUri))
   Console::WriteLine(S"\nRequest Url : {0} was not redirected", url);
   Console::WriteLine(S"\nRequest Url : {0} was redirected to {1}", url, myWebResponse->ResponseUri);
// Release resources of response object.

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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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0