C# – How to get the file size from http headers


I want to get the size of an http:/…/file before I download it. The file can be a webpage, image, or a media file. Can this be done with HTTP headers? How do I download just the file HTTP header?

Best Solution

Yes, assuming the HTTP server you're talking to supports/allows this:

public long GetFileSize(string url)
    long result = -1;

    System.Net.WebRequest req = System.Net.WebRequest.Create(url);
    req.Method = "HEAD";
    using (System.Net.WebResponse resp = req.GetResponse())
        if (long.TryParse(resp.Headers.Get("Content-Length"), out long ContentLength))
            result = ContentLength;

    return result;

If using the HEAD method is not allowed, or the Content-Length header is not present in the server reply, the only way to determine the size of the content on the server is to download it. Since this is not particularly reliable, most servers will include this information.