WebUtility.UrlEncode Method (String)

.NET Framework (current version)
 

Converts a text string into a URL-encoded string.

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

public static string UrlEncode(
	string value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.String

The text to URL-encode.

Return Value

Type: System.String

Returns String.

A URL-encoded string.

If characters such as blanks and punctuation are passed in an HTTP stream, they might be misinterpreted at the receiving end. URL encoding replaces characters that are not allowed in a URL with character-entity equivalents consisting of hexadecimal escape sequences. The converted string is expected to conform to the UTF-8 format.

URL encoding replaces all character codes except for letters, numbers, and the following punctuation characters:

  • - (minus sign)

  • _ (underscore)

  • . (period)

  • ! (exclamation point)

  • * (asterisk)

  • ( and ) (opening and closing parentheses)

For example, when embedded in a block of text to be transmitted in a URL, the characters < and > are encoded as %3c and %3e.

The UrlDecode method reverses the encoding.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 4.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 8.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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