.net httpwebrequest determine mime type before downloading

Posted on 2007-07-27
Last Modified: 2013-11-22
Hi all,

I am downloading some web pages with httpwebrequest. I only want to download the file if it is indeed an html file, and not if it's a binary file. Is there a way to check the MIME type before downloading?
Question by:zattz
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    You can check the HttpWebResponse.ContentType property just after you get the response:

    HttpWebRequest  request  = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create("");
    HttpWebResponse response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();
    if (response.ContentType.ToLower() == "text/html")
       // get the stream
       Stream resStream = response.GetResponseStream();

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