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Post XML over HTTP and capture the response – C#

Recently we got a requirement to post the data from ‘CRM Plug-in’ to an external API and capture response.

External API was built as XML over HTTP (i.e., Its not a SOAP based and no WSDL).

In this approach we post the Request XML to a URL and in return we will get the Response.

Refer below test client with Request and Response XML’s.

Request XML

XML over HTTP - Request XML

XML over HTTP – Request XML

Response XML

XML over HTTP - Response

XML over HTTP – Response

C# Code:

  • In XML over HTTP we will post the Request XML to a URL and get the Response.
  • So the below C# function accepts URL and RequestXML as Parameters and return the Response.

public static XmlDocument SubmitXmlRequest(string apiUrl, string reqXml){
XmlDocument xmlResponse = null;
HttpWebResponse httpWebResponse = null;
Stream requestStream = null;
Stream responseStream = null;

// Create HttpWebRequest for the API URL.
var httpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(apiUrl);

// Set HttpWebRequest properties
var bytes = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(reqXml);
httpWebRequest.Method = “POST”;
httpWebRequest.ContentLength = bytes.Length;
httpWebRequest.ContentType = “text/xml; encoding=’utf-8′”;

//Get Stream object
requestStream = httpWebRequest.GetRequestStream();
requestStream.Write(bytes, 0, bytes.Length);

// Post the Request.
httpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse)httpWebRequest.GetResponse();

// If the submission is success, Status Code would be OK
if (httpWebResponse.StatusCode == HttpStatusCode.OK){
// Read response
responseStream = httpWebResponse.GetResponseStream();

if (responseStream != null){
var objXmlReader = new XmlTextReader(responseStream);

// Convert Response stream to XML
var xmldoc = new XmlDocument();
xmlResponse = xmldoc;

// Close Response
catch (WebException webException)
throw new Exception(webException.Message);
catch (Exception exception)
throw new Exception(exception.Message);
// Release connections
if (requestStream != null){

if (responseStream != null){

if (httpWebResponse != null){

// Return API Response
return xmlResponse;

Capture and Read the Response

XmlDocument response = SubmitXmlRequest(uri, xmlString);

Console.WriteLine(“Inner Text – ” + response.InnerText);

Console.WriteLine(“Inner XML – ” + response.InnerXml);


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    May 12, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    I m getting error

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