URL Decoder

URL Decoder

Decode from URL-encoded (percent-encoded) format to plain text.

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About URL Decoder

A URL Decoder, also known as URL decoding or percent-decoding, is a tool or functionality that converts URL-encoded characters back to their original form. URL encoding is a mechanism used to represent special characters, reserved characters, and non-ASCII characters in URLs by replacing them with a percent sign (%) followed by two hexadecimal digits.

For example, the space character is represented as "%20" in URL encoding. URL decoding is the process of reversing this encoding, converting "%20" back to a space character.

Here's a simple explanation of how URL decoding works:

  1. URL-Encoded Input: The user provides a URL-encoded string as input. This string may contain percent-encoded characters, such as "%20" for space or "%3D" for equals sign.
  2. Decoding Process: The URL Decoder processes the input and replaces each percent-encoded sequence with its original character. For example, "%20" becomes a space character.
  3. Output: The output is the URL-decoded string, which represents the original characters without percent encoding.

URL decoding is essential when working with URLs in web development, data transmission, and other contexts where characters need to be correctly represented in their original form. Many programming languages provide built-in functions or libraries for URL decoding, allowing developers to incorporate this functionality into their applications.

URL Decoder - FAQs

A URL Decoder is a tool or functionality that reverses URL encoding. It converts URL-encoded characters, represented by percent-encoded sequences, back to their original form.

URL decoding is necessary to interpret and display URLs correctly. It is used to reverse the process of URL encoding, allowing special characters and non-ASCII characters to be represented in their original form.

Reserved characters, special characters, and non-ASCII characters are commonly URL encoded. For example, spaces may be encoded as "%20," and ampersands as "%26."

URL decoding involves replacing each percent-encoded sequence in a URL with its original character. The process is applied to the entire URL-encoded string.

Yes, URL decoding is a reversible process. Decoding a URL-encoded string should result in the original, unencoded string.

Most programming languages used for web development, such as JavaScript, Python, Java, PHP, and others, provide built-in functions or libraries for URL decoding.

Yes, you can URL decode a full URL. The decoder processes the entire URL, including the scheme, domain, path, query parameters, and fragment.

No, spaces are just one example. Various characters, including reserved characters like ampersands, question marks, and non-alphanumeric characters, may be URL encoded.

If a string is not URL encoded, decoding it will have no effect on the string. URL decoding is designed to reverse the encoding process, so a non-encoded string remains unchanged.

Generally, URLs are not case-sensitive during decoding. The decoding process treats percent-encoded sequences as case-insensitive.