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HttpWebResponse.ContentEncoding Property

Gets the method that is used to encode the body of the response.

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

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

value = instance.ContentEncoding

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

public function get ContentEncoding () : String

Not applicable.

Property Value

A string that describes the method that is used to encode the body of the response.

Exception typeCondition


The current instance has been disposed.

The ContentEncoding property contains the value of the Content-Encoding header returned with the response.

The following example uses the ContentEncoding property to obtain the value of the Content-Encoding header returned with 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