Message.Headers Property


When overridden in a derived class, gets the headers of the message.

Namespace:   System.ServiceModel.Channels
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

abstract Headers : MessageHeaders with get

Property Value

Type: System.ServiceModel.Channels.MessageHeaders

A MessageHeaders object that represents the headers of the message.

Exception Condition

The message has been disposed of.

A Message can have zero or more headers that are used as an extension mechanism to pass information in messages that is application-specific. You can use Headers to add message headers to a message by calling the Add method.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) provides a number of predefined message headers, as shown in the following table.

Header Name

Contains the header name.


Contains the role that the message is targeting.


Provides a description of how the message should be processed.


Contains the address of the node to which faults should be sent.


Contains the address of the node that sent the message.


Indicates whether the message is a request.


Contains the unique ID of the message.


Contains the IDs of messages that are related to this message.


Contains the address of the node to which a reply should be sent for a request.

Notes to Inheritors:

When overridden in a derived class, this method returns a MessageHeaders object for the headers of the message.

The following code example shows a client that uses the channel factory to send a message and read the reply.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 3.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
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