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ScriptMethodAttribute Class

Specifies which HTTP verb is used to invoke a method, and the format of the response. This class cannot be inherited.


Namespace:  System.Web.Script.Services
Assembly:  System.Web.Extensions (in System.Web.Extensions.dll)

public sealed class ScriptMethodAttribute : Attribute

The ScriptMethodAttribute type exposes the following members.

Public methodScriptMethodAttributeInitializes a new instance of the ScriptMethodAttribute class.

Public propertyResponseFormatGets or sets the format of the method response.
Public propertyTypeIdWhen implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public propertyUseHttpGetGets or sets a value that indicates whether to invoke the method by using HTTP GET.
Public propertyXmlSerializeStringGets or sets a value that indicates whether all return types are serialized as XML, which includes string types.

Public methodEqualsInfrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetHashCodeReturns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodIsDefaultAttributeWhen overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodMatchWhen overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetIDsOfNamesMaps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoRetrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.GetTypeInfoCountRetrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1). (Inherited from Attribute.)
Explicit interface implemetationPrivate method_Attribute.InvokeProvides access to properties and methods exposed by an object. (Inherited from Attribute.)

This attribute is used to specify information for methods that can be called from client script. The attribute lets you specify which HTTP verb (GET or POST) can be used to invoke a method. It also lets you specify whether the response is formatted by using either JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) or XML.

The ScriptMethodAttribute attribute is optional. (However, methods that can be called from client script must have the System.Web.Services.WebMethodAttribute attribute applied.). If a method is not marked with ScriptMethodAttribute, the method will be called by using the HTTP POST command and the response will be serialized as JSON. You cannot override this setting from script.

ScriptMethodAttribute takes only named parameters. The following are the properties of the ScriptMethodAttribute class that can be used as named parameters:

  • UseHttpGet

    Specifies whether the method will be invoked by using the HTTP GET command. The default is false.

    Security noteSecurity Note

    Setting the UseHttpGet property to true might pose a security risk for your application if you are working with sensitive data or transactions. In GET requests, the message is encoded by the browser into the URL and is therefore an easier target for tampering. For both GET and POST requests, you should follow security guidelines to protect sensitive data.

  • ResponseFormat

    Specifies whether the response will be serialized as JSON or as XML. The default is Json. The ResponseFormat property is useful to specify XML as the return type when the method returns an XmlDocument or an XmlElement object.

  • XmlSerializeString

    Specifies whether all return types, including string types, are serialized as XML. The value of the XmlSerializeString property is ignored when the response is serialized as JSON.

For more information about how to use attributes, see Extending Metadata Using Attributes.

The following example shows how to apply ScriptMethodAttribute to the GetXmlDocument and EchoStringAndDate methods to specify which HTTP verb to use and to specify the response format.

<%@ WebService Language="C#" Class="System.Web.Script.Services.CS.WebService" %>

using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.Services;
using System.Xml;
using System.Web.Services.Protocols;
using System.Web.Script.Services;

namespace System.Web.Script.Services.CS
    [WebService(Namespace = "")]
    [WebServiceBinding(ConformsTo = WsiProfiles.BasicProfile1_1)]
    public class WebService : System.Web.Services.WebService

        private string _xmlString =
            @"<?xml version=""1.0"" encoding=""utf-8"" ?>
                        Welcome to the asynchronous communication layer world!

        // This method returns an XmlDocument type.
        [ScriptMethod(ResponseFormat = ResponseFormat.Xml)]
        public XmlDocument GetXmlDocument()
            XmlDocument xmlDoc = new XmlDocument();
            return xmlDoc;

        // This method uses GET instead of POST.
        // For this reason its input parameters
        // are sent by the client in the
        // URL query string.
        [ScriptMethod(UseHttpGet = true)]
        public string EchoStringAndDate(DateTime dt, string s)
            return s + ":" + dt.ToString();

        public string GetServerTime()

            string serverTime =
                String.Format("The current time is {0}.", DateTime.Now);

            return serverTime;


        public string Add(int a, int b)

            int addition = a + b;
            string result = 
                String.Format("The addition result is {0}.", 

            return result;


        [ScriptMethod(ResponseFormat = ResponseFormat.Xml, 
            XmlSerializeString = true)]
        public string GetString()
            return "Hello World";           



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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.

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