C# How to use HttpClient await client.PostAsync to return string RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I tried to rewrite a C# HttpClient program from this GITHUB C# REST Client Sample.

    The following is Program.cs: (I don’t need the repo.cs)

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Net.Http;
    using System.Net.Http.Headers;
    using System.Text;
    using System.Threading.Tasks;
    namespace WebAPIClient
    class Program
    private static readonly HttpClient client = new HttpClient();
    static void Main(string[] args)
    var token1 = SessinToken();
    Console.WriteLine("Done get session token");
    private static async Task<string> SessinToken()
    string Login_URL1 = "";
    string Login_Data1 = "username=abc&password=abc123";
    client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Accept.Add(new MediaTypeWithQualityHeaderValue("application/json"));
    var Pay_Load1 = new StringContent(Login_Data1, Encoding.UTF8, "application/x-www-form-urlencoded");
    var response = await client.PostAsync(Login_URL1, Pay_Load1);
    return await response.Content.ReadAsStringAsync();

    In order to browse the, first I have to use HTTP POST send a payload string (username=XXX&password=YYYYYYY) using "application/x-www-form-urlencoded" format, then I should receive a string from the, which contains a session token value in JSon format.  To make things easy to understand, I just want to return the string from the web server’s response.

    The code got complied, but when I run it, I can see the returned token1 value is some thing like:

    token1 Id = 5, Status = WaitingForActivation, Method = "{null}", Result = "{Not yet computed}"


    It seems the session token is not returned yet.  

    If I use Rest Client like Insomnia to get the session token using the same HTTP POST, it will take 1 or 2 seconds to get the session token, not very quick, but it is awaitable.  However, using the above code, I never get any returned response.

    The console application type is: Microsoft.NetCore.App(1.0.5); I installed .Net Core using this program: dotnet-sdk-2.1.302-win-gs-x64.exe downloaded from this URL:

    Any suggestion?

    Saturday, July 14, 2018 6:50 PM

All replies

  • You have declared "SessinToken" as returning a Task<string>, but that's not right.   You are doing an "await" in the return statement, which means the function actually returns a plain old "string".  Your "token1" variable is getting a task which is never going to run.

    Tim Roberts | Driver MVP Emeritus | Providenza &amp; Boekelheide, Inc.

    Monday, July 16, 2018 3:13 AM
  • Hello:

    I understand my mistake now, but I don't how to change it.

    Can you advice?


    Monday, July 16, 2018 9:09 AM
  • You could try using RestClient.Net

    This is an example of how to make a GetAsync call to return JSON (string)

    var client = new Client(new NewtonsoftSerializationAdapter(), new Uri(""));
    var json = await client.GetAsync<string>();

    Code Reference

    Here is a Post example which can be used in the same way. Just specify string in the TResponseBody type argument.

    Here is a Post example:

    await client.PostAsync<string, UserPost>(requestUserPost, "/posts");

    Code Reference

    Client uses HttpClient under the hood here so you can look at how it is doing it.


    Saturday, January 4, 2020 7:34 AM