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WebMethodAttribute Class

Adding this attribute to a method within an XML Web service created using ASP.NET makes the method callable from remote Web clients. This class cannot be inherited.

For a list of all members of this type, see WebMethodAttribute Members.


[Visual Basic]
NotInheritable Public Class WebMethodAttribute
   Inherits Attribute
public sealed class WebMethodAttribute : Attribute
public __gc __sealed class WebMethodAttribute : public Attribute
class WebMethodAttribute extends Attribute

Thread Safety

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


Methods within a class that have this attribute set are called XML Web service methods. The method and class must be public and running inside an ASP.NET Web application.


[Visual Basic, C#] In the example below the method GetMachineName can be remotely called across the Web, because it has a WebMethodAttribute. GetUserName cannot be called remotely, because it does not have a WebMethodAttribute, even though it is public.

[Visual Basic] 
<%@ WebService Language="VB" Class="Util"%>

Imports System
Imports System.Web.Services

Public Class Util
    Inherits WebService
    Public Function GetUserName() As String
        Return User.Identity.Name
    End Function    
    <WebMethod(Description := "Obtains the Server Machine Name", _
        EnableSession := True)> _
    Public Function GetMachineName() As String
        Return Server.MachineName
    End Function
End Class

<%@ WebService Language="C#" Class="Util"%>
    using System;
    using System.Web.Services;
    public class Util: WebService {
       public string GetUserName() {
          return User.Identity.Name;
       [ WebMethod(Description="Obtains the Server Machine Name",
       public string GetMachineName() {
          return Server.MachineName;

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Namespace: System.Web.Services

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework

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

See Also

WebMethodAttribute Members | System.Web.Services Namespace | TransactionOption | WebService