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PostBackUrl Property

Button.PostBackUrl Property

Gets or sets the URL of the page to post to from the current page when the Button control is clicked.

Namespace: System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly: System.Web (in system.web.dll)

public virtual string PostBackUrl { get; set; }
/** @property */
public String get_PostBackUrl ()

/** @property */
public void set_PostBackUrl (String value)

public function get PostBackUrl () : String

public function set PostBackUrl (value : String)

Not applicable.

Property Value

The URL of the Web page to post to from the current page when the Button control is clicked. The default value is an empty string (""), which causes the page to post back to itself.

The PostBackUrl property allows you to perform a cross-page post using the Button control.


Only correctly specified paths work with this property. For example, relative paths (Test/default.aspx), absolute paths (https://localhost/WebApp/default.aspx) and virtual (~\Test\default.aspx) work correctly. Incorrectly formed paths such as "/Test/default.aspx" or "\Test\default.aspx" do not work. See ASP.NET Web Site Paths for a discussion on creating correct paths.

Set the PostBackUrl property to the URL of the Web page to post to when the Button control is clicked. For example, specifying Page2.aspx causes the page that contains the Button control to post to Page2.aspx. If you do not specify a value for the PostBackUrl property, the page posts back to itself.


When performing a cross-page postback with controls with server-side validation, you should check that the page's IsValid property is true before processing the postback. In the case of a cross-page postback, the page to check is the PreviousPage. The following VB code shows how this is done:

Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        If Page.PreviousPage.IsValid Then
            ' Handle the post back
        End If
End Sub

For more information on cross-page posting techniques, see Cross-Page Posting in an ASP.NET Web Page.

This property cannot be set by themes or style sheet themes. For more information, see ThemeableAttribute and Introduction to ASP.NET Themes.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the PostBackUrl property to perform a cross-page post. When the user clicks the Button control, the page posts the value entered in the text box to the target page specified by the PostBackUrl property. To run this sample, you must also create a file for the target page in the same directory as this code example. The code for target page is provided in the next example.

<%@ page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head id="head1" runat="server">
  <title>Button.PostBackUrl Example</title>
  <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <h3>Button.PostBackUrl Example</h3>

    Enter a value to post:
    <asp:textbox id="TextBox1" 

    <br /><br />

    <asp:button id="Button1" 
      text="Post back to this page"

    <br /><br />

    <asp:button id="Button2"
      text="Post value to another page" 


The following code example demonstrates how to use the Page.PreviousPage property to access a value that was posted from another page using the PostBackUrl property. This page gets the string that was posted from the previous page and displays it to the user. If you attempt to run this code example directly, you will get an error because the value of the text field will be a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic). Instead, use this code to create a target page and place the file in the same directory as the code for the previous example. The name of the file must correspond to the value specified for the PostBackUrl property in the previous example. When you run the code for the previous example, this page will execute automatically when the cross page post occurs.

Security noteSecurity Note:

This example has a text box that accepts user input, which is a potential security threat. By default, ASP.NET Web pages validate that user input does not include script or HTML elements. For more information, see Script Exploits Overview (Visual Studio).

<%@ page language="C#" %>

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
<script runat="server">
  void Page_Load (object sender, System.EventArgs e)
    string text;
    // Get the value of TextBox1 from the page that 
    // posted to this page.
    text = ((TextBox)PreviousPage.FindControl("TextBox1")).Text;
    // Check for an empty string.
    if (text != "")
      PostedLabel.Text = "The string posted from the previous page is "
                         + text + ".";
      PostedLabel.Text = "An empty string was posted from the previous page.";


<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<head id="head1" runat="server">
  <title>Button.PostBackUrl Target Page Example</title>
  <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <h3>Button.PostBackUrl Target Page Example</h3>
    <br />
    <asp:label id="PostedLabel"


Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, 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

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