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WebBrowser.Navigate Method (Uri, String, Byte[], String)

Navigate asynchronously to the document at the specified Uri and specify the target frame to load the document's content into. Additional HTTP POST data and HTTP headers can be sent to the server as part of the navigation request.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Controls
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public void Navigate(
	Uri source,
	string targetFrameName,
	byte[] postData,
	string additionalHeaders


Type: System.Uri
The Uri to navigate to.
Type: System.String
The name of the frame to display the document's content in.
Type: System.Byte[]
HTTP POST data to send to the server when the source is requested.
Type: System.String
HTTP headers to send to the server when the source is requested.


The WebBrowser instance is no longer valid.


A reference to the underlying native WebBrowser could not be retrieved.


Navigation from an application that is running in partial trust:

  • To a Uri that is not located at the site of origin, or

  • targetFrameName name is not null or empty.

Use the Navigate(String, String, Byte[], String) method to navigate to a URL that may include escape characters. Use the Navigate(Uri, String, Byte[], String) method to navigate to a Uri that does not include escape characters.

The following example shows how to navigate to a document and open it in a new browser window by specifying the "about:blank" target.

        <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal">
            <TextBox x:Name="addressTextBox" Width="200" />
            <Button Click="goNavigateButton_Click">Go</Button>
        <WebBrowser x:Name="myWebBrowser" />
        private void goNavigateButton_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            // Get URI to navigate to
            Uri uri = new Uri(this.addressTextBox.Text, UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute);

            // Only absolute URIs can be navigated to
            if (!uri.IsAbsoluteUri)
                MessageBox.Show("The Address URI must be absolute eg ''");

            // Navigate to the desired URL by calling the .Navigate method
            this.myWebBrowser.Navigate(uri, "_blank", null, null);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1, 3.0 SP2

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.