Friday fun: follow URI redirects

Lee Holmes twitted recently the following:

It’s available on the PowerShell gallery: resolve-uri.ps1

It appears that I wrote another script to achieve the same because of VSCode that introduced another redirect back in November.
Mine looks like this:

Function Get-URINewLocation {
Begin {
[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12
Process {
$HT = @{
UseBasicParsing = [switch]::Present
MaximumRedirection = 0
ErrorAction = 'SilentlyContinue'
$r = (Invoke-WebRequest @HT -Verbose:$false)
Write-Verbose -Message "Testing URI: $($URI)"
if ($r.StatusCode -eq 301) {
Write-Verbose -Message "New permanent location found $($r.Headers.Location)"
Get-URINewLocation -URI "$($r.Headers.Location)"
} elseif ($r.StatusCode -eq 302 -and $r.StatusDescription -eq 'Moved Temporarily') {
Write-Verbose -Message "New temp location found $($r.Headers.Location)"
Get-URINewLocation -URI "$($r.Headers.Location)"
} elseif ($r.StatusCode -eq 302 -and $r.StatusDescription -eq 'Found') {
} else {
Write-Warning -Message "Error code is $($r.StatusCode)"
End {}
Get-URINewLocation -URI '' -Verbose

  • What are the differences between the 2 approaches?
    • Mine sends back only a single string in the output stream while his solution sends all the URI used and being redirected:

    • Mine uses a recursive approach and his approach uses a while loop.
    • Mine shows in the verbose stream what kind of redirect happened, if it’s a temporary redirect or if it’s permanent.

    As usual, there are always more than one way to skin a cat 😀

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