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WebResponse.Headers Property

When overridden in a derived class, gets a collection of header name-value pairs associated with this request.

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

Public Overridable ReadOnly Property Headers As WebHeaderCollection
Dim instance As WebResponse 
Dim value As WebHeaderCollection 

value = instance.Headers

Property Value

Type: System.Net.WebHeaderCollection
An instance of the WebHeaderCollection class that contains header values associated with this response.


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

The Headers property contains the name-value header pairs returned in the response.


The WebResponse class is an abstract class. The actual behavior of WebResponse instances at run time is determined by the descendant class returned by WebRequest.GetResponse. For more information about default values and exceptions, please see the documentation for the descendant classes, such as HttpWebResponse and FileWebResponse.

The following example displays all of the header name-value pairs returned in the WebResponse.

            ' Create a 'WebRequest' object with the specified url 	 
            Dim myWebRequest As WebRequest = WebRequest.Create("")

            ' Send the 'WebRequest' and wait for response. 
            Dim myWebResponse As WebResponse = myWebRequest.GetResponse()

            ' Display all the Headers present in the response received from the URl.
            Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "The following headers were received in the response")

            ' Headers property is a 'WebHeaderCollection'. Use it's properties to traverse the collection and display each header 
            Dim i As Integer 

            While i < myWebResponse.Headers.Count
                Console.WriteLine(ControlChars.Cr + "Header Name:{0}, Header value :{1}", myWebResponse.Headers.Keys(i), myWebResponse.Headers(i))
		i = i + 1
            End While 

            ' Release resources of response object.
// Create a 'WebRequest' object with the specified url.
WebRequest* myWebRequest = WebRequest::Create(S"");

// Send the 'WebRequest' and wait for response.
WebResponse* myWebResponse = myWebRequest->GetResponse();

// Display all the Headers present in the response received from the URl.
Console::WriteLine(S"\nThe following headers were received in the response");

// Display each header and its key , associated with the response object.
for (int i = 0 ; i < myWebResponse->Headers->Count ; ++i)
   Console::WriteLine(S"\nHeader Name: {0}, Header value : {1}",
   myWebResponse->Headers->Keys->Item[i], myWebResponse->Headers->Item[i]);

// Release resources of response object.

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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