HttpWebResponse.Close Method

Closes the response stream.

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

virtual void Close () override
public void Close ()
public override function Close ()

The Close method closes the response stream and releases the connection to the resource for reuse by other requests.

You must call either the Stream.Close or the HttpWebResponse.Close method to close the stream and release the connection for reuse. It is not necessary to call both Stream.Close and HttpWebResponse.Close, but doing so does not cause an error. Failure to close the stream can cause your application to run out of connections.


This member outputs trace information when you enable network tracing in your application. For more information, see Network Tracing.

The following example demonstrates how to close a HttpWebResponse.

// Creates an HttpWebRequest for the specified URL.
HttpWebRequest^ myHttpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest^)( WebRequest::Create( url ) );
// Sends the HttpWebRequest and waits for a response.
HttpWebResponse^ myHttpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse^)( myHttpWebRequest->GetResponse() );
Console::WriteLine( "\nResponse Received::Trying to Close the response stream.." );
// Releases the resources of the response.
Console::WriteLine( "\nResponse Stream successfully closed" );

// Creates an HttpWebRequest for the specified URL. 
HttpWebRequest myHttpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest)

// Sends the HttpWebRequest and waits for a response.
HttpWebResponse myHttpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse)
Console.WriteLine("\nResponse Received.Trying to Close "
    + " the response stream..");
// Releases the resources of the response.
Console.WriteLine("\nResponse Stream successfully closed");

Windows 98, Windows 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 .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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