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ASP.NET ResolveUrl Without Page

, 2 Jun 2011 CPOL
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Using ResolveUrl without Page.

The quick answer

System.Web.VirtualPathUtility.ToAbsolute("~/default.aspx");

Don't forget the ~/ (tilde) before the page name.

The lengthy explanation

Assume that we want to redirect to default.aspx that's on the site root:

Response.Redirect("default.aspx");

If we're on a page that's also on the root, it will map to http://www.mysite.com/default.aspx and work correctly.

The problem

The problem comes when we're not on the site root but inside a child folder. Let's say we're on a page that's inside the /Administration folder, the same line will map to http://www.mysite.com/Administration/default.aspx and that of course won't resolve and return a glorious 404: Page Not Found.

The solution

Solving this is easy using the ResolveUrl method:

Response.Redirect(ResolveUrl("~/default.aspx"));

Where this won't work

ResolveUrl is only available within the context of a Page or a UserControl; if you're, for instance, inside an ASHX, this method isn't available. In these cases, you have to use the following line to do the job:

System.Web.VirtualPathUtility.ToAbsolute("~/default.aspx");

We must include the tilde before the page name to make it a relative path, otherwise this method will throw an exception.

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