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HttpWebRequest::ContentType Property

Gets or sets the value of the Content-type HTTP header.

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

virtual property String^ ContentType {
	String^ get () override;
	void set (String^ value) override;

Property Value

Type: System::String
The value of the Content-type HTTP header. The default value is nullptr.

The ContentType property contains the media type of the request. Values assigned to the ContentType property replace any existing contents when the request sends the Content-type HTTP header.

To clear the Content-type HTTP header, set the ContentType property to nullptr.


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

The following code example sets the ContentType property.

// Set the 'Method' property of the 'Webrequest' to 'POST'.
myHttpWebRequest->Method = "POST";
Console::WriteLine( "\nPlease enter the data to be posted to the ( Uri :" );

// Create a new String* Object* to POST data to the Url.
String^ inputData = Console::ReadLine();

String^ postData = String::Concat( "firstone= ", inputData );
ASCIIEncoding^ encoding = gcnew ASCIIEncoding;
array<Byte>^ byte1 = encoding->GetBytes( postData );

// Set the content type of the data being posted.
myHttpWebRequest->ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded";

// Set the content length of the String* being posted.
myHttpWebRequest->ContentLength = byte1->Length;

Stream^ newStream = myHttpWebRequest->GetRequestStream();

newStream->Write( byte1, 0, byte1->Length );
Console::WriteLine( "The value of 'ContentLength' property after sending the data is {0}", myHttpWebRequest->ContentLength );

// Close the Stream Object*.

.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

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.