Moving From Flash AS2 to Flash AS3: getURL

What ever happened to getURL within Actionscript 3.0?

If you wanted to create a link to another website in ActionScript 2.0, here’s what it would have looked like:

The command getURL used to a be very easy way to create an outbound link within Flash. This one line of code code easily fitted perfectly within a button onRelease event. Not so easy anymore.

URL Navigation in AS2

getURL("", "target", "method");

URL Navigation in AS3

var url:String = "";
var request:URLRequest = new URLRequest(url);
navigateToURL(request, 'target');

Along with many other easy Actionscript 2.0 calls, getUrl has changed. It uses a couple more lines of code and has changed to navigateToURL. You might be asking why would the amount of lines increase for such a simple task.  It is what it is, but if this is the price we have to pay for a vast improvements to the language then bring it on.  🙂

4 thoughts on “Moving From Flash AS2 to Flash AS3: getURL

  1. I want to get URl on the end of the SWF file. For that i m using geturl(“”, “_blank”); it is working when i am using CTRL+ENTER for creating the SWF file from Flash. but when i mam going to run the swf file directly its not working & asking for Macromedia Flash Player has stopped potentailly unsafe operation.The folloeing local application on your computer or network:and also asking for the setting

    • Hey Anil, that happens due to the Flash Player security. You can bypass that by adding the directory that stores the SWF file into the trusted category or simply run the SWF in the browser.

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