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Uri.OriginalString Property

Gets the original URI string that was passed to the Uri constructor.

Namespace: System
Assembly: System (in system.dll)

public string OriginalString { get; }
/** @property */
public String get_OriginalString ()

public function get OriginalString () : String

Not applicable.

Property Value

A String containing the exact URI specified when this instance was constructed; otherwise, Empty.

Exception typeCondition

InvalidOperationException

This instance represents a relative URI, and this property is valid only for absolute URIs.

If the URI specified to the constructor contained leading or trailing spaces, these spaces are preserved.

The value returned by this property differs from ToString and AbsoluteUri. ToString returns the canonically unescaped form of the URI. AbsoluteUri returns the canonically escaped form of the URI.

When International Resource Identifier (IRI) and Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) support are enabled, OriginalString returns the original non normalized string with Punycode host name if one was used to initialize the Uri instance. Punycode names contain only ASCII characters and always start with the xn-- prefix.

For more information on IRI support, see the Remarks section for the Uri class.

The following example creates a new Uri instance from a string. It illustrates the difference between the value returned from OriginalString, which returns the string that was passed to the constructor, and from a call to ToString, which returns the canonical form of the string.

// Create a new Uri from a string address.
Uri uriAddress = new Uri("HTTP://www.ConToso.com:80//thick%20and%20thin.htm");

// Write the new Uri to the console and note the difference in the two values.
// ToString() gives the canonical version.  OriginalString gives the orginal 
// string that was passed to the constructor.

// The following outputs "http://www.contoso.com/thick and thin.htm".
Console.WriteLine(uriAddress.ToString()); 

// The following outputs "HTTP://www.ConToso.com:80//thick%20and%20thin.htm".
Console.WriteLine(uriAddress.OriginalString);

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0
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