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Get The HTML Source of Any Web Page

, 12 Jun 2002
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This article shows how to get HTML source of any WebPage even if the website prevents viewing the source
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Introduction

Some Web Sites do not allow visitors to view the HTML source of their web pages. They can disable our right mouse button to prevent accessing the "view source" menu option and some other web sites open their pages in a special window which has no menu bar to select the "Source" option from "View" menu.

How to get and display the source code

I used the Microsoft XMLHTTP object in this sample application to get the source code of the web page. It simply makes a synchronous HTTP GET request and displays the response in the browser.

Why this code?

This type of application is already available on the CodeProject website in an article submitted by our friend Dhandapani Ammasai. The extra features in my application are that we can view the source code of any web page as well as saving the source code directly onto our desktop in any supported file format (txt,htm,html,doc etc).

Note: your browser should have javascript enabled in order to run this application.

XMLHTTP Object

To use the XMLHTTP object, we need to create an instance of it using Server.CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP"). We can then use the Open and Send methods to get the source code of the web page.

Installation

Copy the gethtmlsource.asp and savetodisk.asp files to the root directory (typically Inetpub/wwwroot). You must be running either Personal Web Server on your machine or have access to a web server that runs IIS.

Run the gethtmlsource.asp file in your browser.

License

This article has no explicit license attached to it but may contain usage terms in the article text or the download files themselves. If in doubt please contact the author via the discussion board below.

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About the Author

Srinivas Chintakindi
Web Developer
India India
Hi All, I am having around 6+ years of Software Development Experience completely in Microsoft Technologies. With the initial background of ASP,VB I have strengthened my skillset with DotNet and SharePoint Technologies. I do have passion for work in latest technologies

Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralThanks a lot. Need some more Guidance & Help PinmemberTrupti Mehta23-Jul-07 21:46 

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