Validating a URL with Regular Expressions
I had to build web form that took user input from standard ASP.NET input controls. In one of the text boxes the user must enter a valid URL, so I had to make some validation logic.
But first of all, I had to find out what kind of URL’s we would accept as being valid. These are the rules we decided upon:
Based on those rules, I wrote this regular expression:
It is used in a RegularExpressionValidator control on the web form and on a business object in C#.
ErrorMessage="Please enter a valid URL"
Here is the server-side validator method used by the business object:
private bool IsUrlValid(string url)
return Regex.IsMatch(url, @"(http|https)://([\w-]+\.)+[\w-]+(/[\w- ./?%&=]*)?");
You can add more protocols to the expression easily. Just add them to the beginning of the regular expression:
You can also allow every thinkable protocol containing at least 3 characters by doing this:
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.