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WebRequest::Proxy Property

When overridden in a descendant class, gets or sets the network proxy to use to access this Internet resource.

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

virtual property IWebProxy^ Proxy {
	IWebProxy^ get ();
	void set (IWebProxy^ value);

Property Value

Type: System.Net::IWebProxy
The IWebProxy to use to access the Internet resource.


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

The Proxy property identifies the network proxy that the request uses to access the Internet resource. The request is made through the proxy server rather than directly to the Internet resource.


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 displays the current network proxy address and allows the user to assign a new network proxy address and port number.

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

WebProxy^ myProxy = gcnew WebProxy;
// Obtain the Proxy Prperty of the  Default browser.
myProxy = (WebProxy^)(myWebRequest->Proxy);

// Print myProxy address to the console.
Console::WriteLine( "\nThe actual default Proxy settings are {0}", myProxy->Address );
   Console::WriteLine( "\nPlease enter the new Proxy Address to be set " );
   Console::WriteLine( "The format of the address should be http://proxyUriAddress:portaddress" );
   Console::WriteLine( "Example:" );
   String^ proxyAddress;
   proxyAddress = Console::ReadLine();

   if ( proxyAddress->Length == 0 )
      myWebRequest->Proxy = myProxy;
      Console::WriteLine( "\nPlease enter the Credentials" );
      Console::WriteLine( "Username:" );
      String^ username;
      username = Console::ReadLine();
      Console::WriteLine( "\nPassword:" );
      String^ password;
      password = Console::ReadLine();

      // Create a new Uri object.
      Uri^ newUri = gcnew Uri( proxyAddress );

      // Associate the new Uri object to the myProxy object.
      myProxy->Address = newUri;

      // Create a NetworkCredential object and is assign to the Credentials
      // property of the Proxy object.
      myProxy->Credentials = gcnew NetworkCredential( username,password );
      myWebRequest->Proxy = myProxy;
   Console::WriteLine( "\nThe Address of the  new Proxy settings are {0}", myProxy->Address );
   WebResponse^ myWebResponse = myWebRequest->GetResponse();

   // Print the  HTML contents of the page to the console.
   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( "\nThe contents of the Html pages are :" );
   while ( count > 0 )
      String^ outputData = gcnew String( readBuff,0,count );
      Console::Write( outputData );
      count = streamRead->Read( readBuff, 0, 256 );

   // Close the Stream object.

   // Release the HttpWebResponse Resource.
   Console::WriteLine( "\nPress any key to continue........." );
catch ( UriFormatException^ e ) 
   Console::WriteLine( "\nUriFormatException is thrown->Message is {0}", e->Message );
   Console::WriteLine( "\nThe format of the myProxy address you entered is invalid" );
   Console::WriteLine( "\nPress any key to continue........." );

.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

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.