Mike Ruhlin Mike Ruhlin - 3 months ago 16
JSON Question

.net HttpClient with custom JsonConverter

I'm using .NET's HttpClient to make requests to a WebAPI that returns some JSON data that requires a little bit of custom deserialization on the client's side. For this I've made my own

, but I can't figure out how to have the
method pick up the existence of the converter.

I've solved my problem for now by using
to read the response, then passing that string in to
, but it seems like there should be a more elegant solution.

Here's my code:

public PrefsResponse GetAllPrefs(string sid) {
HttpClient client = CreateHttpClient(null, sid);
var response = client.GetAsync("api/sites/" + sid).Result;

// TODO : find a way to hook custom converters to this...
// return response.Content.ReadAsAsync<PrefsResponse>().Result;

var stringResult = response.Content.ReadAsStringAsync().Result;

return JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<PrefsResponse>(stringResult, new PrefClassJsonConverter());

Is this the best I can do, or is there some more elegant way?

Here's where I'm creating the HttpClient also, if that's where I need to hook it up:

private HttpClient CreateHttpClient(CommandContext ctx, string sid) {
var cookies = new CookieContainer();

var handler = new HttpClientHandler {
CookieContainer = cookies,
UseCookies = true,
UseDefaultCredentials = false

// Add identity cookies:
if (ctx != null && !ctx.UserExecuting.IsAnonymous) {
string userName = String.Format("{0} ({1})", ctx.RequestingUser.UserName, ctx.UserExecuting.Key);
cookies.Add(new Cookie(__userIdCookieName, userName));
cookies.Add(new Cookie(__sidCookieName, sid));
cookies.Add(new Cookie(__hashCookieName,
GenerateHash(userName, Prefs.Instance.UrlPrefs.SharedSecret)));

var client = new HttpClient(handler) {
BaseAddress = _prefServerBaseUrl

client.DefaultRequestHeaders.Accept.Add(new MediaTypeWithQualityHeaderValue("application/json"));

return client;


You can pass the JsonSerializerSettings with the list of your converters to the JsonMediaTypeFormatter which will be used by ReadAsAsync<T>:


var obj = await result.Content.ReadAsAsync<refsResponse>(
    new[] {new JsonMediaTypeFormatter {
          SerializerSettings = new JsonSerializerSettings { 
              Converters = new List<JsonConverter> {
                //list of your converters