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Validate URL

When creating a new fundraising account, a unique URL is required. A team-based fundraising page also requires a unique URL.

This API checks a URL to see if it's available to be used.

A fundraising account is accessed by the following URL:

Most fundraisers use their own name as the {url}. Their account URL will be the same for any event they take part in 

A team fundraising page is accessed by the following URL:

Most teams choose their {url} based on their team name and perhaps the event e.g. SeabrookSealsChannelRelayTeam

If the URL is not unique, the API returns a list of alternatives in the message details.


Operation type: GET

This validates a URL for a fundraising account:

This validates a URL for a team page:


Parameter Required Data type Description
url True Varchar(45) This is the URL you want to validate.
api_key True Varchar(24) This is your key that allows you access to the VMG APIs.


OutcomeFurther information

If the URL is available a status 200 is returned:

  • Status 200: OK

Sample error:

If the URL is in use then the following is returned:

  • Error code: 001.00.010
  • Error message: This URL is unavailable. Please select an alternative URL.
  • Message details: List of alternative URLs that are available. These will be the URL passed followed by a sequence. E.g. If a url of 'mypage' was passed and unavailable the following would be returned, providing the URL’s were available:

    mypage3 etc

Click here for a full list of API error codes.

XML response examples

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<errorMessage>This URL is unavailable. Please select an alternative URL.</errorMessage>

JSON response examples

    "requestedUrl": "mytesturl",
    "urlType": "fundraiser",
    "available": true,
    "message": null,
    "alternateUrlList": []
            "responseCode": null,
            "errorCode": "001.00.010",
            "errorMessage": "This URL is unavailable. Please select an alternative URL.",
            "inputDetails": null