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HttpWebRequest::Connection Property

Gets or sets the value of the Connection HTTP header.

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

property String^ Connection {
	String^ get ();
	void set (String^ value);

Property Value

Type: System::String
The value of the Connection HTTP header. The default value is nullptr.


The value of Connection is set to Keep-alive or Close.

The request sends the Connection property to the Internet resource as the Connection HTTP header. If the value of the KeepAlive property is true, the value "Keep-alive" is appended to the end of the Connection header.

To clear the Connection HTTP header, set the Connection property to nullptr.

Changing the Connection property after the request has been started by calling the GetRequestStream, BeginGetRequestStream, GetResponse, or BeginGetResponse method throws an InvalidOperationException.


The value for this property is stored in WebHeaderCollection. If WebHeaderCollection is set, the property value is lost.

The following code example uses the Connection property to set the value of the Connection HTTP Header.

int main()

      // Create a new HttpWebRequest object.  Make sure that
      // a default proxy is set if you are behind a firewall.
      HttpWebRequest^ myHttpWebRequest1 = dynamic_cast<HttpWebRequest^>(WebRequest::Create( "" ));
      myHttpWebRequest1->KeepAlive = false;

      // Assign the response object of HttpWebRequest to a HttpWebResponse variable.
      HttpWebResponse^ myHttpWebResponse1 = dynamic_cast<HttpWebResponse^>(myHttpWebRequest1->GetResponse());
      Console::WriteLine( "\nThe HTTP request Headers for the first request are: \n {0}", myHttpWebRequest1->Headers );
      Console::WriteLine( "Press Enter Key to Continue.........." );
      Stream^ streamResponse = myHttpWebResponse1->GetResponseStream();
      StreamReader^ streamRead = gcnew StreamReader( streamResponse );
      array<Char>^readBuff = gcnew array<Char>(256);
      int count = streamRead->Read( readBuff, 0, 256 );
      Console::WriteLine( "The contents of the Html page are.......\n" );
      while ( count > 0 )
         String^ outputData = gcnew String( readBuff,0,count );
         Console::Write( outputData );
         count = streamRead->Read( readBuff, 0, 256 );

      // Close the Stream object.

      // Release the resources held by response object.

      // Create a new HttpWebRequest object for the specified Uri.
      HttpWebRequest^ myHttpWebRequest2 = dynamic_cast<HttpWebRequest^>(WebRequest::Create( "" ));
      myHttpWebRequest2->Connection = "Close";

      // Assign the response object of 'HttpWebRequest' to a 'HttpWebResponse' variable.
      HttpWebResponse^ myHttpWebResponse2 = dynamic_cast<HttpWebResponse^>(myHttpWebRequest2->GetResponse());

      // Release the resources held by response object.
      Console::WriteLine( "\nThe Http RequestHeaders are \n {0}", myHttpWebRequest2->Headers );

      Console::WriteLine( "\nPress 'Enter' Key to Continue........." );
   catch ( ArgumentException^ e ) 
      Console::WriteLine( "\nThe second HttpWebRequest Object* has raised an Argument Exception as 'Connection' Property is set to 'Close'" );
      Console::WriteLine( "\n {0}", e->Message );
   catch ( WebException^ e ) 
      Console::WriteLine( "WebException raised!" );
      Console::WriteLine( "\n {0}", e->Message );
      Console::WriteLine( "\n {0}", e->Status );
   catch ( Exception^ e ) 
      Console::WriteLine( "Exception raised!" );
      Console::WriteLine( "Source : {0} ", e->Source );
      Console::WriteLine( "Message : {0} ", e->Message );


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, 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.