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HttpWebResponse.CharacterSet Property

Gets the character set of the response.

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

Public ReadOnly Property CharacterSet As String
Dim instance As HttpWebResponse
Dim value As String

value = instance.CharacterSet

/** @property */
public String get_CharacterSet ()

public function get CharacterSet () : String

Not applicable.

Property Value

A string that contains the character set of the response.

Exception typeCondition


The current instance has been disposed.

The CharacterSet property contains a value that describes the character set of the response. This character set information is taken from the header returned with the response.

The following example obtains the character set of the response.

   Dim myHttpWebRequest As HttpWebRequest = CType(WebRequest.Create(url), HttpWebRequest)
   Dim myHttpWebResponse As HttpWebResponse = CType(myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse(), HttpWebResponse)
   Console.WriteLine(("The encoding method used is: " + myHttpWebResponse.ContentEncoding))
   Console.WriteLine(("The character set used is :" + myHttpWebResponse.CharacterSet))
   Dim seperator As Char = "/"c
   Dim contenttype As [String] = myHttpWebResponse.ContentType
   ' Retrieve 'text' if the content type is of 'text/html.
   Dim maintype As [String] = contenttype.Substring(0, contenttype.IndexOf(seperator))
   ' Display only 'text' type.
   If [String].Compare(maintype, "text") = 0 Then
      Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.NewLine + " Content type is 'text'.")

try {
    HttpWebRequest myHttpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest)
    HttpWebResponse myHttpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse)
    Console.WriteLine("The encoding method used is: " 
        +  myHttpWebResponse.get_ContentEncoding());
    Console.WriteLine("The character set used is :" 
        +  myHttpWebResponse.get_CharacterSet());
    char seperator = '/';
    String contentType = myHttpWebResponse.get_ContentType();

    // Retrieve 'text' if the content type is of 'text/html.
    String mainType = contentType.Substring(0,

    // Display only 'text' type.
    if (String.Compare(mainType,"text") == 0) {
        Console.WriteLine("\n Content type is 'text'.");

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0