BotDetect ASP.NET WebForms CAPTCHA Integration Quickstart (BotDetect v3.0; deprecated)

1. Add a Reference to BotDetect

The BotDetect.dll assemby is included in the BotDetect installation<.

2. Show a Captcha Challenge on the Form

On the ASP.NET form you want to protect against bots, add:
<%@ Register Assembly="BotDetect" Namespace="BotDetect.Web.UI" 
  TagPrefix="BotDetect" %>
  
  […]
  
<BotDetect:Captcha ID="SampleCaptcha" runat="server" />
<asp:TextBox ID="CaptchaCodeTextBox" runat="server" />

3. Check User Input During Form Submission

When the form is submitted, the Captcha validation result must be checked:
if (IsPostBack)
{
    // validate the Captcha to check we're not dealing with a bot
    bool isHuman = SampleCaptcha.Validate(CaptchaCodeTextBox.Text);
    
    CaptchaCodeTextBox.Text = null; // clear previous user input

    if (!isHuman)
    {
      // TODO: Captcha validation failed, show error message  
    }
    else
    {
      // TODO: Captcha validation passed, proceed with protected action  
    }
}

4. Configure Your ASP.NET Application

Update your application configuration (the web.config file):
<system.web>
  <httpHandlers>
    <!-- Register the HttpHandler used for BotDetect Captcha 
      requests -->
    <add verb="GET" path="BotDetectCaptcha.ashx"
      type="BotDetect.Web.CaptchaHandler, BotDetect"/>
  </httpHandlers>
  <!-- Register a custom SessionIDManager for BotDetect Captcha 
    requests -->
  <sessionState mode="InProc" cookieless="AutoDetect" timeout="20" 
    sessionIDManagerType="BotDetect.Web.CustomSessionIdManager, BotDetect"/> 
</system.web>
<system.webServer>
  <validation validateIntegratedModeConfiguration="false"/>
  <handlers>
    <!-- Register the HttpHandler used for BotDetect Captcha 
      requests (IIS 7.0+) -->
    <remove name="BotDetectCaptchaHandler"/>
    <add name="BotDetectCaptchaHandler" preCondition="integratedMode" 
      verb="GET" path="BotDetectCaptcha.ashx"
      type="BotDetect.Web.CaptchaHandler, BotDetect"/>
  </handlers>
</system.webServer>

In-Depth ASP.NET WebForms CAPTCHA Instructions and Explanations

Detailed ASP.NET WebForms Captcha instructions and explanations can be found in the ASP.NET WebForms Captcha integration how to guide.

Other BotDetect ASP.NET CAPTCHA Quickstarts

ASP.NET MVC CAPTCHA.

Please Note

The information on this page is out of date and applies to a deprecated version of BotDetect™ CAPTCHA (v3.0).

An up-to-date equivalent page for the latest BotDetect Captcha release (v4) is BotDetect v4 Captcha documentation index.

General information about the major improvements in the current BotDetect release can be found at the What's New in BotDetect v4.0 page.