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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 Value

Type: System.String
A string that describes the method that is used to encode the body of the response.


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 =
   HttpWebResponse* myHttpWebResponse =

   Console::WriteLine(S"The encoding method used is: {0}",
   Console::WriteLine(S"The character set used is : {0}",

   char separator = '/';
   String*  contenttype = myHttpWebResponse->ContentType;
   // Retrieve 'text' if the content type is of 'text/html.
   String*  maintype = contenttype->Substring(0, contenttype->IndexOf(separator));
   // Display only 'text' type.
   if (String::Compare(maintype, S"text") == 0) {
      Console::WriteLine(S"\n Content type is 'text'.");

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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

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