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HttpRequest.ApplicationPath Property

Updated: July 2009

Gets the ASP.NET application's virtual application root path on the server.

Namespace:  System.Web
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)
public string ApplicationPath { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The virtual path of the current application.

Use this property to construct a URL relative to the application root from a page or Web user control that is not in the root directory. This allows pages and shared controls that exist at different levels of a directory structure to use the same code to link to resources at fixed locations in the application.

The following example uses the Write method to HTML-encode and then write the value of the ApplicationPath property to a text file. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the HttpRequest class. It assumes the existence of a StreamWriter object named sw.

// Write request information to the file with HTML encoding.
sw.WriteLine(Server.HtmlEncode(DateTime.Now.ToString()));
sw.WriteLine(Server.HtmlEncode(Request.CurrentExecutionFilePath));
sw.WriteLine(Server.HtmlEncode(Request.ApplicationPath));
sw.WriteLine(Server.HtmlEncode(Request.FilePath));
sw.WriteLine(Server.HtmlEncode(Request.Path));

The following example uses the ApplicationPath property to programmatically construct a path to a resource that is in a fixed location in the application. The page that references the resource does not have to be located in the same directory as the resource.

<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<script runat="server">

    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        Label1.Text = Request.ApplicationPath;
        Image1.ImageUrl = Request.ApplicationPath + "/images/Image1.gif";
        Label2.Text = Image1.ImageUrl;
    }
</script>

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>HttpRequest.ApplicationPath Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <div>
        ApplicationPath:<br />
        <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" ForeColor="Brown" /><br />

        <asp:Image ID="Image1" runat="server" /><br />

        ImageUrl:<br />
        <asp:Label ID="Label2" runat="server" ForeColor="Brown" />
        <br />
        </div>
    </form>
</body>
</html>

If you run this example in a Web application that is named WebSite1, /WebSite1 will be displayed as the value of the ApplicationPath property and /WebSite1/images/Image1.gif will be displayed as the complete path of the image.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

Date

History

Reason

July 2009

Simplified code example and added explanatory text.

Customer feedback.

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