WebCopy includes a helper tool that can check to see if a given URI is a match for any rules in a project.

Opening the rule checker

  • Select Rule Checker from the Tools menu

Using the rule checker

  1. In the URI field, enter the URI you wish to test. Alternatively, click the Browse button to choose any URI present in the current project
  2. Optionally, set the Option field to either Include or Exclude to determine an overall result for the check
  3. Click the Test button to test the rule

The Results list shows all rules in the current project. For each rule, a status will be displayed showing how the rule was processed against the source URI.

In addition, an overall status is displayed that states if the given URI was matched against the specified option. You can use this status to determine if a URI will be correctly included or excluded from a crawl of the source website.


Each rule will display one of four different states as outlined below.

Rule MatchThe rule was ran and was a match
Rule MismatchThe rule was ran and but was not a match
SkippedThe rule was not ran as an earlier matched rule had the "Stop Processing" flag set
DisabledThe rule was not ran as it is disabled


Rule checker example

In the above example, a sample project has 5 rules defined. When testing the URI http://forums.example.com/forum/lore/ against these 5 rules, the following results can be observed

  1. The first rule was a match Rule Match, which would exclude this address Rule Mismatch
  2. The second rule was not a match Rule Mismatch
  3. The third rule was a match Rule Match, which changes the final result from exclude to include Rule Match
  4. The third rule also has the "Stop Processing" flag set, so rules 4 and 5 were not processed Skipped
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