How to Remove .SVC from WCF REST Service

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By  Dhananjay Kumar   On  18 Sep 2010 10:09:27
Tag : WCF , REST Services
In this article you will learn, How to Remove .SVC from WCF REST Service
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I got a mail asking question, “How could we remove .SVC from a WCF REST Service? “  
For example, instead of

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We need to remove, .svc extension from address of the WCF service. Let us say, you have a WCF REST Service up and running ,
With output 

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Read my old article to know about How to create a WCF REST Service

To remove service extension, we will write a HTTP Module and remove the extension and rewrite the path.
Now to remove .svc follows below steps

1.     Add a class in WCF Application project. 
2.    Add the namespace System.Web
3.    Implement the class from  IHttpModule

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4.    Before starting of current context take the context path and rewrite the URL. 

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Full source code


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;

namespace WcfService7
{public class Removesvc : IHttpModule 
    {public void Dispose()
        }public void Init(HttpApplication context)

            context.BeginRequest += delegate{
                HttpContext cxt = HttpContext.Current;string path = cxt.Request.AppRelativeCurrentExecutionFilePath;int i = path.IndexOf('/', 2);if (i > 0)
                {string a = path.Substring(0, i) + ".svc";string b = path.Substring(i, path.Length - i);string c = cxt.Request.QueryString.ToString();
                    cxt.RewritePath(a, b, c, false);

5.    Now we need to add the HTTP Module in configuration file of WCF Service. 

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Where, RemoveSvc is name of the class implementing IHttpModule and WcfService7 is the project name (namespace)


<?xml version="1.0"?>

    <compilation debug="true" targetFramework="4.0" />
          <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true"/>
          <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="false"/>
    <serviceHostingEnvironment multipleSiteBindingsEnabled="true" />
      <add name ="removesvc" type ="WcfService7.Removesvc,WcfService7"/>

6.    Now host the service in IIS.   [Read here :  Hosting WCF Service in IIS ]

Now when you open WCF REST Service in browser, you can see you are able to  call the service without extension ,

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hope helps,Thnk you for reading.

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