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I had to come up with a method that retrieved the subdomain from the current web request on an ASP.NET website.

I thought that the System.Uri class contained that information in an easy retrievable way, but no.

Here’s what I came up with instead. It still uses the System.Uri to find the subdomain.

/// <summary>
/// Retrieves the subdomain from the specified URL.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="url">The URL from which to retrieve the subdomain.</param>
/// <returns>The subdomain if it exist, otherwise null.</returns>
private static string GetSubDomain(Uri url)
{
   string host = url.Host;
   if (host.Split('.').Length > 1)
   {
     int index = host.IndexOf(".");
     return host.Substring(0, index);
   }

   return null;
}

To use it, simply put in the URL of your choice like so:

GetSubDomain(Request.Url);

Update

Based on the comments I’ve had so far on this post, I’ve made some changes to the GetSubDomain() method as shown below.

Thanks to Anders and Jacob for the comments.

/// Retrieves the subdomain from the specified URL.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="url">The URL from which to retrieve the subdomain.</param>
/// <returns>The subdomain if it exist, otherwise null.</returns>
private static string GetSubDomain(Uri url)
{
   if (url.HostNameType == UriHostNameType.Dns)
   {
     string host = url.Host;
     if (host.Split('.').Length > 2)
     {
       int lastIndex = host.LastIndexOf(".");
       int index = host.LastIndexOf(".", lastIndex - 1);
       return host.Substring(0, index);
     }
   }

     return null;
}

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Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located
in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in
2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and
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Retrieve Subdomain from a URL in C#
About Mads Kristensen
Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in 2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and web services in his daily work as well. A true .NET developer with great passion for the simple solution.

http://www.madskristensen.dk/ WebProNews Writer
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  • Guest

    Handy dandy.  Thanks.

  • Arsch geige

    this code is crap! what about www.example.co.uk ???

  • .Net Monkey

    public static string GetSubDomain(Uri url)
    {
    if (url.HostNameType == UriHostNameType.Dns)
    {
    string host = url.Host;
    if (host.Split(‘.’).Length > 2)
    {
    int index = host.IndexOf(“.”);
    return host.Substring(0, (index – 1));
    }
    }

    return null;
    }

  • Guest

    this is help ful for me

  • Ehsan

    This code is buggy for something like (http://somedomain.com)

  • ravi

    private string GetSubDomain(Uri url)
    {
    if (url.HostNameType == UriHostNameType.Dns)
    {
    string host = url.Host;
    if (host.Split(‘.’).Length > 2)
    {
    int firstIndex = host.IndexOf(“.”);
    string subdomain = host.Substring(0, firstIndex);
    return subdomain;
    }
    }

    return string.Empty;
    }

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