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WebHeaderCollection.IsRestricted Method (String, Boolean)

Tests whether the specified HTTP header can be set for the request or the response.

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

public static bool IsRestricted(
	string headerName,
	bool response


Type: System.String

The header to test.

Type: System.Boolean

Does the Framework test the response or the request?

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the header is restricted; otherwise, false.


headerName is null or Empty.


headerName contains invalid characters.

The IsRestricted method returns true to indicate that a request or response header is restricted and must be set using properties instead of directly or is set by the system. The restricted headers are:

  • Accept

  • Connection

  • Content-Length

  • Content-Type

  • Date

  • Expect

  • Host

  • If-Modified-Since

  • Range

  • Referer

  • Transfer-Encoding

  • User-Agent

  • Proxy-Connection

The following example checks the IsRestricted property to see if any request headers are prohibited from being set.

		try {
			// Create a web request for "".
		 	HttpWebRequest myHttpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest) WebRequest.Create("");

			// Get the associated response for the above request.
		 	HttpWebResponse myHttpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse) myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse();

			// Get the headers associated with the response.
			WebHeaderCollection myWebHeaderCollection = myHttpWebResponse.Headers;
			for (int i = 0; i < myWebHeaderCollection.Count;i++)	
  			// Check if the first response header is restricted. 
				Console.WriteLine("'{0}' is a restricted header", myWebHeaderCollection.AllKeys[i]);
				Console.WriteLine("'{0}' is not a restricted header", myWebHeaderCollection.AllKeys[i]);
		catch(WebException e) {
			Console.WriteLine("\nWebException is thrown.\nMessage is:" + e.Message);
			if(e.Status == WebExceptionStatus.ProtocolError) {
				Console.WriteLine("Status Code : {0}", ((HttpWebResponse)e.Response).StatusCode);
				Console.WriteLine("Status Description : {0}", ((HttpWebResponse)e.Response).StatusDescription);
				Console.WriteLine("Server : {0}", ((HttpWebResponse)e.Response).Server);
		catch(Exception e) {
			Console.WriteLine("Exception is thrown. Message is :" + e.Message);

   try {
      // Create a web request for S"".
      HttpWebRequest* myHttpWebRequest =
         dynamic_cast<HttpWebRequest*> (WebRequest::Create(S""));

      // Get the associated response for the above request.
      HttpWebResponse* myHttpWebResponse =
         dynamic_cast<HttpWebResponse*> (myHttpWebRequest->GetResponse());

      // Get the headers associated with the response.
      WebHeaderCollection* myWebHeaderCollection = myHttpWebResponse->Headers;

      for (int i = 0; i < myWebHeaderCollection->Count;i++) {
         // Check if the first response header is restriced.
         if (WebHeaderCollection::IsRestricted(dynamic_cast<String __gc *>(myWebHeaderCollection->AllKeys->Item[i])))
            Console::WriteLine(S"' {0}' is a restricted header",
            Console::WriteLine(S"' {0}' is not a restricted header",
   } catch (WebException* e) {
      Console::WriteLine(S"\nWebException is thrown.\nMessage is: {0}", e->Message);
      if (e->Status == WebExceptionStatus::ProtocolError) {
         Console::WriteLine(S"Status Code : {0}", __box((dynamic_cast<HttpWebResponse*>(e->Response))->StatusCode));
         Console::WriteLine(S"Status Description : {0}", (dynamic_cast<HttpWebResponse*>(e->Response))->StatusDescription);
         Console::WriteLine(S"Server : {0}", (dynamic_cast<HttpWebResponse*>(e->Response))->Server);
   } catch (Exception* e) {
      Console::WriteLine(S"Exception is thrown. Message is : {0}", e->Message);

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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