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Socket.EndReceive Method

Ends a pending asynchronous read.

[Visual Basic]
Public Function EndReceive( _
   ByVal asyncResult As IAsyncResult _
) As Integer
public int EndReceive(
 IAsyncResult asyncResult
public: int EndReceive(
 IAsyncResult* asyncResult
public function EndReceive(
   asyncResult : IAsyncResult
) : int;


An IAsyncResult that stores state information and any user defined data for this asynchronous operation.

Return Value

The number of bytes received.


Exception Type Condition
ArgumentNullException asyncResult is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic).
ArgumentException asyncResult was not returned by a call to the BeginReceive method.
InvalidOperationException EndReceive was previously called for the asynchronous read.
SocketException An error occurred when attempting to access the socket. See the Remarks section for more information.
ObjectDisposedException The Socket has been closed.


The EndReceive method completes the asynchronous read operation started in the BeginReceive method.

Before calling BeginReceive, you need to create a callback method that implements the AsyncCallback delegate. This callback method executes in a separate thread and is called by the system after BeginReceive returns. The callback method must accept the IAsyncResult returned by the BeginReceive method as a parameter.

Within the callback method, call the AsyncState method of the IAsyncResult to obtain the state object passed to the BeginReceive method. Extract the receiving Socket from this state object. After obtaining the Socket, you can call the EndReceive method to successfully complete the read operation and return the number of bytes read.

The EndReceive method will block until data is available. If you are using a connectionless protocol, EndReceive will read the first enqueued datagram available in the incoming network buffer. If you are using a connection-oriented protocol, the EndReceive method will read as much data as is available up to the number of bytes you specified in the size parameter of the BeginReceive method. If the remote host shuts down the Socket connection with the Shutdown method, and all available data has been received, the EndReceive method will complete immediately and return zero bytes.To obtain the received data, call the AsyncState method of the IAsyncResult, and extract the buffer contained in the resulting state object.

Note   If you receive a SocketException, use SocketException.ErrorCode to obtain the specific error code. Once you have obtained this code, you can refer to the Windows Socket Version 2 API error code documentation in MSDN for a detailed description of the error.


[Visual Basic, C#, C++] The following example ends a pending asynchronous read.

[Visual Basic] 
Dim so As StateObject = CType(ar.AsyncState, StateObject)
Dim s As Socket = so.workSocket

Dim read As Integer = s.EndReceive(ar)

If read > 0 Then, 0, read))
   s.BeginReceive(so.buffer, 0, StateObject.BUFFER_SIZE, 0, New AsyncCallback(AddressOf Async_Send_Receive.Read_Callback), so)
   If > 1 Then
      'All the data has been read, so displays it to the console
      Dim strContent As String
      strContent =
      Console.WriteLine([String].Format("Read {0} byte from socket" + "data = {1} ", strContent.Length, strContent))
   End If
End If
   End Sub 'Read_Callback

StateObject so = (StateObject) ar.AsyncState;
Socket s = so.workSocket;

int read = s.EndReceive(ar);

if (read > 0) {, 0, read));
        s.BeginReceive(so.buffer, 0, StateObject.BUFFER_SIZE, 0, 
                                 new AsyncCallback(Async_Send_Receive.Read_Callback), so);
     if ( > 1) {
          //All of the data has been read, so displays it to the console
          string strContent;
          strContent =;
          Console.WriteLine(String.Format("Read {0} byte from socket" + 
                             "data = {1} ", strContent.Length, strContent));

StateObject* so = __try_cast<StateObject*>(ar->AsyncState);
Socket* s = so->workSocket;

int read = s->EndReceive(ar);

if (read > 0) {
    so->sb->Append(Encoding::ASCII->GetString(so->buffer, 0, read));
    s->BeginReceive(so->buffer, 0, StateObject::BUFFER_SIZE, SocketFlags::None, 
        new AsyncCallback(0, &Async_Send_Receive::Read_Callback), so);
} else {
    if (so->sb->Length > 1) {
        //All of the data has been read, so displays it to the console
        String* strContent = so->sb->ToString();
        Console::WriteLine(String::Format(S"Read {0} byte from socket data = {1} ",
            __box(strContent->Length), strContent));

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Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework, Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) Standard

See Also

Socket Class | Socket Members | System.Net.Sockets Namespace | Including Asynchronous Calls | BeginReceive | AsyncCallback | IAsyncResult | AsyncState | Shutdown