Is there any way to determine the host name from within a Sitecore Scheduled Task?

I found that within an ASP.NET MVC page for Sitecore 9.3, I can peer into the current HttpContext via Sitecore.Context.HttpContext.

However, it does not seem possible from within the implementation of a Scheduled Task -- Sitecore.Context.HttpContext just returns null.

  • I don't believe that is possible. What will the hostname allow you to do that a config setting can't accomplish? Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 2:46
  • @MichaelWest I will have to use environment-specific config settings if I can't determine the host name at runtime.
    – Daniel R
    Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 23:11

2 Answers 2


tl/dr is that you can't.

Scheduled tasks don't run within a request context, they run within the context of the shell website defined in the siteDefinition section of the config.

  • Understood. But even the shell website should have an HttpContext, right?
    – Daniel R
    Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 23:09
  • No. It runs in a background process. There is no request that kicks it off.
    – Richard Seal
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 13:17

You can get the SiteContext for your site and then retrieve the hostName in Sitecore Scheduled Task Execute Method.

Site configuration

  <site name="mysite" hostName="mysite.com|www.mysite.com" scheme="http" ... .../>

Get hostname using this code.

var sitecoreContext  = Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetSite("mysite");
string hostname = sitecoreContext.HostName;

Hope it helps!

  • Thanks Sumit -- but that will only give the patterns that we prescribed in the <site> definition. I need the actual runtime host name.
    – Daniel R
    Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 23:22
  • You can't get the actual runtime hostname in schedule task. You have to get it like this or get it from config setting. Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 1:34

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