Download source code of a website in C#

With the help of the follwing short C# snippet, you’re able to receive the html code / source of any website as string. Such a function is useful, for example, if you want to parse some information from a website for later use.
Thus the snippet works, you have to add the following two using directives to the header of your source.

using System.Net;
using System.IO;

The function itself looks like this:

public string getHTML(string url)
//Create request for given url
HttpWebRequest request = (HttpWebRequest)HttpWebRequest.Create(url);

//Create response-object
HttpWebResponse response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();

//Take response stream
StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream());

//Read response stream (html code)
string html = sr.ReadToEnd();

//Close streamreader and response

//return source
return html;

A function call could look like this:


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