How To Get HTML from a URL using C#

You need to get the HTML returned from a web server in order to examine it for items of interest. For example, you could examine the returned HTML for links to other pages or for headlines from a news site.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Net;
using System.IO;

namespace ConsoleApplication1
  class Program
      static void Main(string[] args)
      public static string HostName2IP(string hostname)
          // Resolve the hostname into an iphost entry using the Dns class.
          IPHostEntry iphost = System.Net.Dns.GetHostEntry(hostname);
          // Get all of the possible IP addresses for this hostname.
          IPAddress[] addresses = iphost.AddressList;
          // Make a text representation of the list.

          StringBuilder addressList = new StringBuilder();
          // Get each IP address.
          foreach (IPAddress address in addresses)
              // Append it to the list.
              addressList.AppendFormat("IP Address: {0};", address.ToString());
          return addressList.ToString();
      public static string GetHtmlFromUrl(string url)
          if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(url))
              throw new ArgumentNullException("url", "Parameter is null or empty");

          string html = "";
          HttpWebRequest request = GenerateHttpWebRequest(url);
          using (HttpWebResponse response = (HttpWebResponse)request.GetResponse())

              // Get the response stream.
              Stream responseStream = response.GetResponseStream();
              // Use a stream reader that understands UTF8.
              using (StreamReader reader =
              new StreamReader(responseStream, Encoding.UTF8))
                  html = reader.ReadToEnd();

          return html;
      public static HttpWebRequest GenerateHttpWebRequest(string UriString)
          // Get a Uri object.
          Uri Uri = new Uri(UriString);
          // Create the initial request.
          HttpWebRequest httpRequest = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(Uri);
          // Return the request.
          return httpRequest;

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