user523234 user523234 - 1 year ago 187
ASP.NET (C#) Question

How to encode the plus (+) symbol in URL

The URL link below will open a new Google mail window. The problem I have is that Google replaces all the plus (+) sign in the email body with blank space. It looks like it only happens with the + sign. Any suggestions on how to remedy this? ( I am working the ASP.NET web page) subject&body=Hi there+Hello there

(In the body email, "Hi there+Hello there" will show up as "Hi there Hello there")

Answer Source

The + character has a special meaning in a url => it means whitespace. If you want to use the + sign you need to URL encode it:


Here's an example of how you could properly generate urls in .NET:

class Program
    static void Main()
        var uriBuilder = new UriBuilder("");
        var values = HttpUtility.ParseQueryString(string.Empty);
        values["view"] = "cm";
        values["tf"] = "0";
        values["to"] = "";
        values["su"] = "some subject";
        values["body"] = "Hi there+Hello there";
        uriBuilder.Query = values.ToString();
        var url = uriBuilder.ToString();
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