WebRequest.BeginGetRequestStream Method (AsyncCallback, Object)


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)>
Public Overridable Function BeginGetRequestStream (
	callback As AsyncCallback,
	state As Object
) As IAsyncResult


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.

Exception Condition

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

Imports System
Imports System.Net
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Threading
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Public Class RequestState
    ' This class stores the request state of the request.
    Public request As WebRequest

    Public Sub New()
        request = Nothing
    End Sub ' New
End Class ' RequestState

Class WebRequest_BeginGetRequeststream
    Public Shared allDone As New ManualResetEvent(False)

    Shared Sub Main()
          ' Create a new request.
            Dim myWebRequest As WebRequest = WebRequest.Create("http://www.contoso.com/codesnippets/next.asp")
 ' Create an instance of the RequestState and assign 
            ' myWebRequest' to it's request field.
            Dim myRequestState As New RequestState()
            myRequestState.request = myWebRequest
            myWebRequest.ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"

            ' Set the 'Method' property  to 'POST' to post data to a Uri.
            myRequestState.request.Method = "POST"
            ' Start the asynchronous 'BeginGetRequestStream' method call.
            Dim r As IAsyncResult = CType(myWebRequest.BeginGetRequestStream(AddressOf ReadCallback, myRequestState), IAsyncResult)
            ' Pause the current thread until the async operation completes.
            ' Send the Post and get the response.
            Dim myWebResponse As WebResponse = myWebRequest.GetResponse()
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "The string has been posted.")
            Console.WriteLine("Please wait for the response....")
            Dim streamResponse As Stream = myWebResponse.GetResponseStream()
            Dim streamRead As New StreamReader(streamResponse)
            Dim readBuff(256) As [Char]
            Dim count As Integer = streamRead.Read(readBuff, 0, 256)
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "The contents of the HTML page are ")
            While count > 0
                Dim outputData As New [String](readBuff, 0, count)
                count = streamRead.Read(readBuff, 0, 256)
            End While

           ' Close the Stream Object.
            ' Release the HttpWebResponse Resource.
    End Sub ' Main

    Private Shared Sub ReadCallback(asynchronousResult As IAsyncResult)
            Dim myRequestState As RequestState = CType(asynchronousResult.AsyncState, RequestState)
            Dim myWebRequest As WebRequest = myRequestState.request
            ' End the request.
            Dim streamResponse As Stream = myWebRequest.EndGetRequestStream(asynchronousResult)
            ' Create a string that is to be posted to the uri.
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "Please enter a string to be posted:")
            Dim postData As String = Console.ReadLine()
            Dim encoder As New ASCIIEncoding()
            ' Convert  the string into a byte array.
            Dim byteArray As Byte() = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(postData)
            ' Write the data to the stream.
            streamResponse.Write(byteArray, 0, postData.Length)
            ' Allow the main thread to resume.
    End Sub ' ReadCallback 
End Class ' WebRequest_BeginGetRequeststream 

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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