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Windows 8 – Validate URL

Sample code for validating URL’s.

Invoke below method and pass the URL.

private async Task<bool> UriExists(string url)
        //Validate whether url has a valid uri pattern
        if (!Uri.IsWellFormedUriString(url, UriKind.RelativeOrAbsolute))
            return false;

        //Creating the HttpWebRequest
        HttpWebRequest request = WebRequest.Create(url) as HttpWebRequest;
        //Setting the Request method HEAD, you can also use GET too.
        request.Method = "HEAD";
        //Getting the Web Response.
        HttpWebResponse response = 
            await request.GetResponseAsync() as HttpWebResponse;

        if (response.StatusCode == HttpStatusCode.OK || 
            response.StatusCode == HttpStatusCode.Forbidden)
            return true;
    catch(WebException ex)
        HttpWebResponse r = ex.Response as HttpWebResponse;
        if (r.StatusCode == HttpStatusCode.Forbidden)
            return true;
    return false;
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