I want to get the list of questions based on tag name using .Net. can any one please let me know how to achieve this using .Net with API Version 2.2?


To get the questions in a tag you can simply use the /questions endpoint as that does accept a tagged query parameter, from that document page:

To constrain questions returned to those with a set of tags, use the tagged parameter with a semi-colon delimited list of tags. This is an and contraint ...

The API endpoints can relatively simple be used from any language which offer a web- or httpclient. First thing to do is the creation of the correct url and then process the returned http response. When using the HtppClient and the stock DataContractJsonSerializer your first iteration of a .Net 4.5 console app (VS2015) might look like this:

using System;
using System.Net.Http;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Runtime.Serialization;
using System.Runtime.Serialization.Json;

main method

static void Main(string[] args)
    // simple call with a tagname
    var questions = GetQuestions("haskell");
    // list the results
    Console.WriteLine(String.Format("{0}, \"{1}\", \"{2}\"", "id", "title", "link"));
    foreach (var q in questions.items)
        Console.WriteLine(String.Format("{0}, \"{1}\", \"{2}\"", q.question_id, q.title, q.link));


Builds the url, calls the API and Deserialises the result to .Net classes

private static wrapper<Question> GetQuestions(string tagname)
    // make sure to handle the compressed stream that is returned
    using (var handler = new HttpClientHandler
            AutomaticDecompression = System.Net.DecompressionMethods.Deflate 
                                   | System.Net.DecompressionMethods.GZip
        using (var http = new HttpClient(handler))
        // build url obtained from 
        // https://api.stackexchange.com/docs/questions#order=desc&sort=activity&tagged=haskell&filter=default&site=stackoverflow&run=true
            var apiRequest = new UriBuilder();
            apiRequest.Scheme = "https";
            apiRequest.Host = "api.stackexchange.com";
            apiRequest.Path = "2.2/questions";
            apiRequest.Query = String.Format(
            // do an HTTP GET
            var json = http.GetStreamAsync(apiRequest.Uri).Result;
            // Deserialize the resut with a serializer
            // You can also use JSON.NET
            var serializer = new DataContractJsonSerializer(typeof(wrapper<Question>));
            // cast the result
            return (wrapper<Question>)serializer.ReadObject(json);

Data Transfer Objects

These are the classes that will hold the result after deserializing the response stream:

/// <summary>
/// https://api.stackexchange.com/docs/wrapper
/// </summary>
/// <typeparam name="T">a type that be in items</typeparam>
public class wrapper<T>
    public List<T> items { get; set;}

    public string error_message { get; set; }
    public int backoff { get; set; }

/// <summary>
/// https://api.stackexchange.com/docs/types/question
/// </summary>
public class Question
    [DataMember]public int question_id { get; set; }
    public string title { get; set; }
    public string link { get; set; }

You can create a specific filter if you want to reduce or broaden the default fields you get returned for each question. The field in that list marked with a green check mark are delivered by default. To also have the date a post was created you only have to add a new property to the Question datacontract.

public string creation_date { get; set; }

You might want to try a DateTime there but if the serializer doesn't accept that do the parsing of that creation_date yourself. On Stack Overflow you'll find plenty of examples how to so that.

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  • Hi Rene, Thank you so much for your response. Its worked as expected. – Melody Jun 10 '16 at 7:24
  • How to Get all the questions instead of getting page wise? For ex order=desc&page=1&sort=activity&tagged={0}&site=stackoverflow in this we are getting questions from page 1. i need to get all the questions from all pages – Melody Jun 14 '16 at 7:22
  • You could add an extra parameter pageNr and then replace page=1 with page={1}. The wrapper json has a boolean has_more so you add that to the wrapper class and then iterate unitl has_more == false. You might want to take backoff also into account so you can do a Thread.Sleep(backoff*1000); in your loop to prevent being throttled/ blocked. – rene Jun 14 '16 at 8:52
  • How to get created date of particular question using SO API v 2? – Melody Jul 11 '16 at 5:44
  • @Melody just add it to the datacontract, if you don;t have a specific filter – rene Jul 11 '16 at 7:37

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