Checking for valid Url using TryCreate

I’ve been working with Sharepoint online and needed to validate that a user is passing me a valid url.  So after doing some searching i found that [system.uri] had some methods that were useful.  In particular there is a method called TryCreate. This will take a url that you send to the method and let you know if it is a valid uri or not.

So first lets start with a url that we know is valid:

TryCreate Expects Three values to be passed to it.

The first is a String or uri as you can see here.

The second is a System.urikind.   As you can see this is an enumeration that has three possible values, Absolute, Relative, and RelativeOrAbsolute

The third is a [ref]erence.  What this means is I must declare a variable for the return result to be put into after the method evaluates what was passed to it.


Here is what that looks like in practice. Note I must use [ref] for my return result as it is used as a reference to get the results into.

$url = 'http:\\'
$kind = 'RelativeOrAbsolute'
$return = $null


Now if I run this I’ll get the following output:

 $kind = 'RelativeOrAbsolute'
$return = $null


Now if I look at my return variable we’ll notice that it has a full object with values.

 PS Z:\> $return

AbsolutePath : /
AbsoluteUri :
LocalPath : /
Authority :
HostNameType : Dns
IsDefaultPort : True
IsFile : False
IsLoopback : False
PathAndQuery : /
Segments : {/}
IsUnc : False
Host :
Port : 80
Query : 
Fragment : 
Scheme : http
OriginalString : http:\\
DnsSafeHost :
IdnHost :
IsAbsoluteUri : True
UserEscaped : False
UserInfo :

Now I can use my return value and test to see if the value returned is of type HTTP or HTTPS.

if($return -like 'http*')
    write-output 'This is a http or https address'

This is a http or https address

You could write several other test’s to figure out what Scheme of uri the user passed. I’ll leave that up to your scripting.  Here is a link to the rest of the uri Schemes



I hope this helped someone

Until then keep scripting


2 thoughts on “Checking for valid Url using TryCreate

  1. crshnbrn66

    Nice that would cover both the http and https.. I was thinking of making a switch with this so you’d know what kind of Scheme you’d be using. With what you posted maybe a REGEX would be better.


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