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WebRequest.Method Property

When overridden in a descendant class, gets or sets the protocol method to use in this request.

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

Public Overridable Property Method As String
Dim instance As WebRequest 
Dim value As String 

value = instance.Method

instance.Method = value

Property Value

Type: System.String
The protocol method to use in this request.


If the property is not overridden in a descendant class, any attempt is made to get or set the property.

When overridden in a descendant class, the Method property contains the request method to use in this request.


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.

Notes to Inheritors:

The Method property can contain any valid request method for the protocol implemented. The default value must provide a default request/response transaction that does not require protocol-specific properties to be set.

The following example sets the Method property to POST to indicate that the request will post data to the target host.

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("")
 ' 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 
#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.dll>
using namespace System;
using namespace System::Net;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Text;
using namespace System::Threading;

public __gc class RequestState {
   // This class stores the request state of the request.
   WebRequest*  request;

   RequestState() {
      request = 0;

__gc class WebRequest_BeginGetRequeststream {
   static ManualResetEvent* allDone = new 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 =

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

      // Create an instance of the RequestState and assign 'myWebRequest' to its request field.
      RequestState* myRequestState = new RequestState();
      myRequestState->request = myWebRequest;

      // Set the 'Method' prperty  to 'POST' to post data to a Uri.

      // Start the Asynchronous 'BeginGetRequestStream' method call.
      IAsyncResult* r = 
         dynamic_cast<IAsyncResult*> (myWebRequest->BeginGetRequestStream(new AsyncCallback(r, 
         WebRequest_BeginGetRequeststream::ReadCallback), myRequestState));

      WebResponse* myWebResponse = myWebRequest->GetResponse();
      Console::WriteLine(S"The String* entered has been posted.");
      Console::WriteLine(S"Please wait for the response...");

      Stream* streamResponse = myWebResponse->GetResponseStream();
      StreamReader* streamRead = new StreamReader(streamResponse);
      Char readBuff[] = new Char[256];
      int count = streamRead->Read(readBuff, 0, 256);
      Console::WriteLine(S"The contents of the HTML page are ");

      while (count > 0) {
         String* outputData = new String(readBuff, 0, count);
         count = streamRead->Read(readBuff, 0, 256);
      // Close the Stream Object.

      // Release the HttpWebResponse Resource.

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

.NET Framework

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

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0