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HttpWebResponse.Close Method

Closes the response stream.

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

Public Overrides Sub Close
Dim instance As HttpWebResponse


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.  
Dim myHttpWebRequest As HttpWebRequest = CType(WebRequest.Create(url), HttpWebRequest)
' Sends the HttpWebRequest and waits for a response. 
Dim myHttpWebResponse As HttpWebResponse = CType(myHttpWebRequest.GetResponse(), HttpWebResponse)
Console.WriteLine("Response Received.Trying to Close the response stream..")
' Releases the resources of the response.
Console.WriteLine("Response Stream successfully closed")
// Creates an HttpWebRequest for the specified URL.
HttpWebRequest* myHttpWebRequest =
// Sends the HttpWebRequest and waits for a response.
HttpWebResponse* myHttpWebResponse =
Console::WriteLine(S"\nResponse Received::Trying to Close the response stream..");
// Releases the resources of the response.
Console::WriteLine(S"\nResponse Stream successfully closed");

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0