Removing .SVC from WCF REST Service

I got a mail asking question, “How could we remove .SVC from a WCF REST Service?

For example, instead of


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


Read here: 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


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


Full source code for


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.


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" />
          <!-- To avoid disclosing metadata information, set the value below to false and remove the metadata endpoint above before deployment -->
          <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true"/>
          <!-- To receive exception details in faults for debugging purposes, set the value below to true.  Set to false before deployment to avoid disclosing exception information -->
          <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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