WebRequest.GetResponse Method

When overridden in a descendant class, returns a response to an Internet request.

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

Public Overridable Function GetResponse As WebResponse
Dim instance As WebRequest
Dim returnValue As WebResponse

returnValue = instance.GetResponse
public WebResponse GetResponse ()
public function GetResponse () : WebResponse
Not applicable.

Return Value

A WebResponse containing the response to the Internet request.

Exception typeCondition


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

The GetResponse method sends a request to an Internet resource and returns a WebResponse instance. If the request has already been initiated by a call to GetRequestStream, the GetResponse method completes the request and returns any response.

The GetResponse method provides synchronous access to the WebResponse. For asynchronous access, use the BeginGetResponse and EndGetResponse methods.


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.


If a WebException is thrown, use the Response and Status properties of the exception to determine the response from the server.

The following example sets the Timeout property to 10000 milliseconds. If the timeout period expires before the resource can be returned, a WebException is thrown.

   ' Create a new WebRequest Object to the mentioned URL.
   Dim myWebRequest As WebRequest = WebRequest.Create("http://www.contoso.com")
   Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "The Timeout time of the request before setting is : {0} milliseconds", myWebRequest.Timeout)

   ' Set the 'Timeout' property in Milliseconds.
myWebRequest.Timeout = 10000

  ' Assign the response object of 'WebRequest' to a 'WebResponse' variable.
   Dim myWebResponse As WebResponse = myWebRequest.GetResponse()

// Create a new WebRequest Object to the mentioned URL.
WebRequest myWebRequest = WebRequest.Create("http://www.contoso.com");
Console.WriteLine("\nThe Timeout time of the request before "
    + "setting is : {0} milliseconds", System.Convert.ToString(
// Set the 'Timeout' property in Milliseconds.
// This request will throw a WebException if it reaches the 
// timeout limit before it is able to fetch the resource.
WebResponse myWebResponse = myWebRequest.GetResponse();

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0

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