ContentType Property

HttpWebRequest.ContentType Property


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

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

public override string ContentType { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String

The value of the Content-type HTTP header. The default value is null.

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 null.


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 = "firstone=" + inputData;
ASCIIEncoding encoding = new ASCIIEncoding ();
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.
newStream.Close ();

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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