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WebClient.DownloadData Method (Uri)

Downloads the resource with the specified URI as a Byte array.

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

public byte[] DownloadData (
	Uri address
public byte[] DownloadData (
	Uri address
public function DownloadData (
	address : Uri
) : byte[]
Not applicable.



The URI represented by the Uri object, from which to download data.

Return Value

A Byte array containing the downloaded resource.

The DownloadData method downloads the resource with the URI specified by the address parameter. This method blocks while downloading the resource. To download a resource and continue executing while waiting for the server's response, use one of the DownloadDataAsync methods.

If the BaseAddress property is not an empty string ("") and address does not contain an absolute URI, address must be a relative URI that is combined with BaseAddress to form the absolute URI of the requested data. If the QueryString property is not an empty string, it is appended to address.

This method uses the RETR command to download an FTP resource. For an HTTP resource, the GET method is used.

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

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0