Recently I came across an interesting requirement to send XML data to a particular URL using
POST, meaning I need to post some XML data to a URL. I arrived at the solution within a couple hours of “Googling” and R&D. Mentioned below is the sample code that I have created to explain the technique. The scenario defined here explains data sending between 2 websites, one is the requestor website, which sends XML
POST data and the other is the responder website, which collects data from the requestor website.
The step by step instructions are as follows:
- Open a Microsoft Visual Studio instance and from the file menu, select the option to create ASP.NET website/web application. Create two websites using this option and name these websites with user-friendly names such as Requestor and Responder. For easier developer view, make these websites under a single Visual Studio solution.
- By default, there will be a default.aspx page inside each website. Just delete that page, we can create new pages for our sample.
- Add a new page to the Requestor website. We can name this page as requestor.aspx. Our aim is to post XML data from requestor.aspx to the responder.aspx of the Responder website. Using the responder page, we will save that XML data to a text (.txt) file. Add a new page to the Responder website, name this page as requestor.aspx.
- Host Responder website on your local IIS.
- Select the Requestor website. Design the Requestor page as shown in the image below:
One main Multiline textbox for XML Data, a Textbox for entering URL to send the XML data and a Button
- Handle the click event of the button, add the following piece of code to that event:
protected void btnPostXml_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
System.Net.WebRequest req = null;
System.Net.WebResponse rsp = null;
string uri = txtURI.Text;
req = System.Net.WebRequest.Create ( uri );
req.Method = "POST";
req.ContentType = "text/xml";
System.IO.StreamWriter writer =
new System.IO.StreamWriter ( req.GetRequestStream () );
writer.WriteLine ( txtXMLData.Text );
rsp = req.GetResponse ();
if (req != null) req.GetRequestStream ().Close ();
if (rsp != null) rsp.GetResponseStream ().Close ();
- Select the Responder website. Take the Page Load event of the Responder.aspx page. Add the following piece of code to the
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
Page.Response.ContentType = "text/xml";
System.IO.StreamReader reader =
new System.IO.StreamReader ( Page.Request.InputStream );
String xmlData = reader.ReadToEnd ();
SW = File.CreateText ( Server.MapPath(".")+@"\"+ Guid.NewGuid () + ".txt" );
SW.WriteLine ( xmlData );
Here we are reading the stream of data from the page request and writing that data to a text file.
Note: In this sample, I have made the
ValidateRequest=”false” for the requestor to accept the XML Data on the form post.
This methodology can also be used as a CALLBACK to a URL with some data post.
Thanks for reading this post. Please comment if you have any issues/doubts about the code.