VBA Function To Test For Internet Connection

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 02/11/23 •  4 min read
VBA code snippet to test for internet connection.

What This VBA Code Does

Sometimes you might be writing macro code that requires reaching out to cloud-based files or applications. In this event, you may want to test that your user has internet connectivity before proceeding with the tasks that require an internet connection.

VBA Code:

The following VBA function code uses the MSXML2.XMLHTTP object to make a request to Google's homepage. If the status code returned is the value 200, it means that the request to the web address was successful, and therefore, an active internet connection has been established.

If there is an error, such as no internet connection being available, the function will return the value False.

There is also an optional input to the function that if TRUE will prevent the message box prompt from displaying. There may be instances where you want to exit your macro without notifying the user they don’t have an internet connection.

Private Function IsInternetConnected(Optional SupressMessage As Boolean) As Boolean
'PURPOSE: Output TRUE if computer has an internet connection
'SOURCE: www.thespreadsheetguru.com

Dim objHTTP As Object

'Test for Internet Connection
  On Error Resume Next
    Set objHTTP = CreateObject("MSXML2.XMLHTTP")
    objHTTP.Open "GET", "https://www.google.com", False
    IsInternetConnected = (objHTTP.Status = 200)
  On Error GoTo 0

'Report to User if Internet Connection not detected
  If IsInternetConnected = False And SupressMessage = False Then
    MsgBox "No internet connection detected! Connection to the internet is required before proceeding", _
      vbCritical, "No Internet Detected"
  End If

End Function

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

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Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.