Your better URLs – Slugify

We have an e-commerce shop, so that we have products there. There should be Friendly URL for every product, so last part would be the name of a product.

Product name is:

dovre Gore-Tex Pro Shell Jacket (M/W)

It can be changed to: (lets say it looks nice)


The full URL would be then:
public static string GenerateSlug(string phrase)
    string str = RemoveAccent(phrase).ToLower();
    // invalid chars           
    str = Regex.Replace(str, @"[^a-z0-9\s-]", "");
    // convert multiple spaces into one space   
    str = Regex.Replace(str, @"\s+", " ").Trim();
    // cut and trim 
    str = str.Substring(0, str.Length <= 45 ? str.Length : 45).Trim();
    str = Regex.Replace(str, @"\s", "-"); // hyphens   
    return str;

public static string RemoveAccent(string txt)
    byte[] bytes = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding("Cyrillic").GetBytes(txt);
    return System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetString(bytes);

The above code have been taken from answer with most votes from URL Slugify alrogithm in C#?


You can render you URL using

HttpUtility.UrlEncode("dovre Gore-Tex Pro Shell Jacket (M/W)")

It’s not standard and will encode a lot of characters (like %2f) which is better to just omit like in Slugify(…).

A look into dictionary

Slug the part of an URL which identifies a page using human-readable keywords

4 Comments on “Your better URLs – Slugify

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  2. @gutek Of course you’re right. I saw this code, but „Cyrillic” sounded for me like I don’t need it. But it turns out that it helps as well for all non english characters. My mistakes, next time I should test more.