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HttpContext Class

Encapsulates all HTTP-specific information about an individual HTTP request.

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

[AspNetHostingPermissionAttribute(SecurityAction.LinkDemand, Level = AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)]
public sealed class HttpContext : IServiceProvider

Classes that inherit the IHttpModule and IHttpHandler interfaces are provided a reference to an HttpContext object for the current HTTP request. The object provides access to the intrinsic Request, Response, and Server properties for the request.

The following example demonstrates how to access and display properties of the HttpContext object. The context of the current HTTP request is accessed by using the Context property of the Page object.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<script runat="server">

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        // The HttpContext associated with the page can be accessed by the Context property.
        System.Text.StringBuilder sb = new System.Text.StringBuilder();
        // Use the current HttpContext object to determine if custom errors are enabled.
        sb.Append("Is custom errors enabled: " +
            Context.IsCustomErrorEnabled.ToString() + "<br/>");

        // Use the current HttpContext object to determine if debugging is enabled.
        sb.Append("Is debugging enabled: " +
            Context.IsDebuggingEnabled.ToString() + "<br/>");

        // Use the current HttpContext object to access the current TraceContext object.
        sb.Append("Trace Enabled: " +
            Context.Trace.IsEnabled.ToString() + "<br/>");

        // Use the current HttpContext object to access the current HttpApplicationState object.
        sb.Append("Number of items in Application state: " +
            Context.Application.Count.ToString() + "<br/>");

        // Use the current HttpContext object to access the current HttpSessionState object. 
        // Session state may not be configured. 
            sb.Append("Number of items in Session state: " +
                Context.Session.Count.ToString() + "<br/>");
            sb.Append("Session state not enabled. <br/>");

        // Use the current HttpContext object to access the current Cache object.
        sb.Append("Number of items in the cache: " +
            Context.Cache.Count.ToString() + "<br/>");

        // Use the current HttpContext object to determine the timestamp for the current HTTP Request.
        sb.Append("Timestamp for the HTTP request: " +
            Context.Timestamp.ToString() + "<br/>");

        // Assign StringBuilder object to output label.
        OutputLabel.Text = sb.ToString();

<html xmlns="" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>HttpContext Example</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
       Using the current HttpContext to get information about the current page.
       <br />
       <asp:Label id="OutputLabel" runat="server"></asp:Label>           


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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