HttpWebRequest.Referer Property


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Gets or sets the value of the Referer HTTP header.

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

Public Property Referer As String

Property Value

Type: System.String

The value of the Referer HTTP header. The default value is null.

If the AllowAutoRedirect property is true, the Referer property is set automatically when the request is redirected to another site.

To clear the Referer HTTP header, set the Referer 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 Referer property.

  ' Create a 'HttpWebRequest' object.
  Dim myHttpWebRequest As HttpWebRequest = CType(WebRequest.Create(myUri), HttpWebRequest)
  ' Referer property is set to
  myHttpWebRequest.Referer = ""
  ' The response object of 'HttpWebRequest' is assigned to a 'HttpWebResponse' variable.
  Dim myHttpWebResponse As HttpWebResponse = CType(myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse(), HttpWebResponse)
  ' Displaying the contents of the page to the console
  Dim streamResponse As Stream = myHttpWebResponse.GetResponseStream()
  Dim streamRead As New StreamReader(streamResponse)
  Dim readBuffer(256) As [Char]
  Dim count As Integer = streamRead.Read(readBuffer, 0, 256)
  Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "The contents of HTML page are.......")
  While count > 0
      Dim outputData As New [String](readBuffer, 0, count)
      count = streamRead.Read(readBuffer, 0, 256)
  End While
  Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "HTTP Request  Headers :" + ControlChars.Cr + ControlChars.Cr + "{0}", myHttpWebRequest.Headers)
  Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "HTTP Response Headers :" + ControlChars.Cr + ControlChars.Cr + "{0}", myHttpWebResponse.Headers)
  ' Release the response object resources.
  Console.WriteLine("Referer to the site is:{0}", myHttpWebRequest.Referer)

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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