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WebRequest::BeginGetRequestStream Method

When overridden in a descendant class, provides an asynchronous version of the GetRequestStream method.

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

[HostProtectionAttribute(SecurityAction::LinkDemand, ExternalThreading = true)]
virtual IAsyncResult^ BeginGetRequestStream(
	AsyncCallback^ callback, 
	Object^ state


Type: System::AsyncCallback
The AsyncCallback delegate.
Type: System::Object
An object containing state information for this asynchronous request.

Return Value

Type: System::IAsyncResult
An IAsyncResult that references the asynchronous request.


Any attempt is made to access the method, when the method is not overridden in a descendant class.

The BeginGetRequestStream method starts an asynchronous request for a stream used to send data to an Internet resource. The callback method that implements the AsyncCallback delegate uses the EndGetRequestStream method to return the request stream.


The WebRequest class is an abstract class. The actual behavior of WebRequest instances at run time is determined by the descendant class returned by the WebRequest::Create method. For more information about default values and exceptions, see the documentation for the descendant classes, such as HttpWebRequest and FileWebRequest.


The HostProtectionAttribute attribute applied to this type or member has the following Resources property value: ExternalThreading. The HostProtectionAttribute does not affect desktop applications (which are typically started by double-clicking an icon, typing a command, or entering a URL in a browser). For more information, see the HostProtectionAttribute class or SQL Server Programming and Host Protection Attributes.

The following example uses the BeginGetRequestStream to asynchronously obtain the request stream.

#using <System.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Net;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Text;
using namespace System::Threading;
public ref class RequestState

   // This class stores the request state of the request.
   WebRequest^ request;
      request = nullptr;


ref class WebRequest_BeginGetRequeststream
   static ManualResetEvent^ allDone = gcnew ManualResetEvent( false );
   static void ReadCallback( IAsyncResult^ asynchronousResult )
      RequestState^ myRequestState = dynamic_cast<RequestState^>(asynchronousResult->AsyncState);
      WebRequest^ myWebRequest = myRequestState->request;

      // End of the Asynchronus request.
      Stream^ streamResponse = myWebRequest->EndGetRequestStream( asynchronousResult );

      // Create a string that is to be posted to the uri.
      Console::WriteLine( "Please enter a string to be posted:" );
      String^ postData = Console::ReadLine();

      // Convert  the string into a Byte array.
      array<Byte>^byteArray = Encoding::UTF8->GetBytes( postData );

      // Write data to the stream.
      streamResponse->Write( byteArray, 0, postData->Length );


int main()

   // Create a new request to the mentioned URL.
   WebRequest^ myWebRequest = WebRequest::Create( "" );

   // Create an instance of the RequestState and assign 'myWebRequest' to its request field.
   RequestState^ myRequestState = gcnew RequestState;
   myRequestState->request = myWebRequest;
   myWebRequest->ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded";

   // Set the 'Method' prperty  to 'POST' to post data to a Uri.
   myRequestState->request->Method = "POST";

   // Start the Asynchronous 'BeginGetRequestStream' method call.
   IAsyncResult^ r = dynamic_cast<IAsyncResult^>(myWebRequest->BeginGetRequestStream( gcnew AsyncCallback( WebRequest_BeginGetRequeststream::ReadCallback ), myRequestState ));
   WebResponse^ myWebResponse = myWebRequest->GetResponse();
   Console::WriteLine( "The String* entered has been posted." );
   Console::WriteLine( "Please wait for the response..." );
   Stream^ streamResponse = myWebResponse->GetResponseStream();
   StreamReader^ streamRead = gcnew StreamReader( streamResponse );
   array<Char>^readBuff = gcnew array<Char>(256);
   int count = streamRead->Read( readBuff, 0, 256 );
   Console::WriteLine( "The contents of the HTML page are " );
   while ( count > 0 )
      String^ outputData = gcnew String( readBuff,0,count );
      Console::Write( outputData );
      count = streamRead->Read( readBuff, 0, 256 );


   // Release the HttpWebResponse Resource.

.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.