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FileWebRequest.BeginGetResponse Method

Begins an asynchronous request for a file system resource.

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

public override function BeginGetResponse(
	callback : AsyncCallback, 
	state : Object
) : IAsyncResult


Type: System.AsyncCallback

The AsyncCallback delegate.

Type: System.Object

An object that contains state information for this request.

Return Value

Type: System.IAsyncResult
An IAsyncResult that references the asynchronous request.


The stream is already in use by a previous call to BeginGetResponse.


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: ExternalThreading. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

The asynchronous callback method that implements the AsyncCallback delegate uses the EndGetResponse method to return the actual FileWebResponse.

The following code example uses the BeginGetResponse method to asynchronously access a file system resource.

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public __gc class RequestDeclare {
   FileWebRequest*  myFileWebRequest;

   RequestDeclare() {
      myFileWebRequest = 0;

__gc class FileWebRequest_resbeginend {
   static ManualResetEvent* allDone = new ManualResetEvent(false);

   static void RespCallback(IAsyncResult* ar) {
      // State of request is asynchronous.
      RequestDeclare* requestDeclare = dynamic_cast<RequestDeclare*>(ar->AsyncState);

      FileWebRequest*  myFileWebRequest=requestDeclare->myFileWebRequest;

      // End the Asynchronus request by calling the 'EndGetResponse()' method.
      FileWebResponse* myFileWebResponse = dynamic_cast<FileWebResponse*> (myFileWebRequest->EndGetResponse(ar));

      // Reade the response into Stream.
      StreamReader* streamReader = new StreamReader(myFileWebResponse->GetResponseStream());

      Char readBuffer[] = new Char[256];
      int count = streamReader->Read(readBuffer, 0, 256);
      Console::WriteLine(S"The contents of the file are :\n");

      while (count > 0) {
         String* str = new String(readBuffer, 0, count);
         count = streamReader->Read(readBuffer, 0, 256);

      // Release the response Object* resources.
      Console::WriteLine(S"File reading is over.");

int main() {
   String* args[] = Environment::GetCommandLineArgs();
   if (args->Length < 2) {
      Console::WriteLine(S"\nPlease enter the file name as command line parameter:");
      Console::WriteLine(S"Usage:FileWebRequest_resbeginend <systemname>/<sharedfoldername>/<filename>\n");
      Console::WriteLine(S"Example:FileWebRequest_resbeginend shafeeque/shaf/hello.txt");
   } else {
      try {
         // Place a 'Webrequest'.
         WebRequest* myWebRequest= WebRequest::Create(String::Concat(S"file://", args[1]));
         // Create an instance of the 'RequestDeclare' and associating the 'myWebRequest' to it.
         RequestDeclare* myRequestDeclare = new RequestDeclare();
         myRequestDeclare->myFileWebRequest = dynamic_cast<FileWebRequest*>(myWebRequest);

         // Begin the Asynchronous request for getting file content using 'BeginGetResponse()' method.
         IAsyncResult* asyncResult = dynamic_cast<IAsyncResult*>
            (myRequestDeclare->myFileWebRequest->BeginGetResponse(new AsyncCallback(0, 
            &FileWebRequest_resbeginend::RespCallback), myRequestDeclare));
      } catch (ArgumentNullException* e) {
         Console::WriteLine(S"ArgumentNullException is : {0}", e->Message);
      } catch (UriFormatException* e) {
         Console::WriteLine(S"UriFormatException is : {0}", e->Message);

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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