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WebClient.Headers Property

Gets or sets a collection of header name/value pairs associated with the request.

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

public WebHeaderCollection Headers { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Net.WebHeaderCollection
A WebHeaderCollection containing header name/value pairs associated with this request.

The Headers property contains a WebHeaderCollection instance containing protocol headers that the WebClient sends with the request.

Some common headers are considered restricted and are protected by the system and cannot be set or changed in a WebHeaderCollection object. Any attempt to set one of these restricted headers in the WebHeaderCollection object associated with a WebClient object will throw an exception later when attempting to send the WebClient request.

Restricted headers protected by the system include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Date

  • Host

In addition, some other headers are also restricted when using a WebClient object. These restricted headers include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Accept

  • Connection

  • Content-Length

  • Expect (when the value is set to "100-continue"

  • If-Modified-Since

  • Range

  • Transfer-Encoding

The HttpWebRequest class has properties for setting some of the above headers. If it is important for an application to set these headers, then the HttpWebRequest class should be used instead of the WebRequest class.

You should not assume that the header values will remain unchanged, because Web servers and caches may change or add headers to a Web request.

The following code example uses the Headers collection to set the HTTP Content-Type header to application/x-www-form-urlencoded, to notify the server that form data is attached to the post.

     	string uriString;
			Console.Write("\nPlease enter the URI to post data to {for example,} : ");
			uriString = Console.ReadLine();

			// Create a new WebClient instance.
			WebClient myWebClient = new WebClient();
			Console.WriteLine("\nPlease enter the data to be posted to the URI {0}:",uriString);
			string postData = Console.ReadLine();

      // Display the headers in the request
			Console.Write("Resulting Request Headers: ");
			// Apply ASCII Encoding to obtain the string as a byte array.

			byte[] byteArray = Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(postData);
			Console.WriteLine("Uploading to {0} ...",  uriString);						
			// Upload the input string using the HTTP 1.0 POST method.
			byte[] responseArray = myWebClient.UploadData(uriString,"POST",byteArray);
			// Decode and display the response.
			Console.WriteLine("\nResponse received was {0}",

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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