HTML Uniform Resource Locators
A URL is another word for a web address.
A URL can be composed of words (w3schools.com), or an Internet Protocol (IP) address (126.96.36.199).
Most people enter the name when surfing, because names are easier to remember than numbers.
URL - Uniform Resource Locator
Web browsers request pages from web servers by using a URL.
When you click on a link in an HTML page, an underlying <a> tag points to an address on the web.
A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is used to address a document (or other data) on the web.
A web address, like http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp follows these syntax rules:
- scheme - defines the type of Internet service (most common is http)
- host - defines the domain host (default host for http is www)
- domain - defines the Internet domain name (w3schools.com)
- port - defines the port number at the host (default for http is 80)
- path - defines a path at the server (If omitted: the root directory of the site)
- filename - defines the name of a document or resource
Common URL Schemes
The table below lists some common schemes:
|Scheme||Short for||Used for|
|http||HyperText Transfer Protocol||Common web pages. Not encrypted|
|https||Secure HyperText Transfer Protocol||Secure web pages. Encrypted|
|ftp||File Transfer Protocol||Downloading or uploading files|
|file||A file on your computer|
URLs can only be sent over the Internet using the ASCII character-set.
Since URLs often contain characters outside the ASCII set, the URL has to be converted into ASCII.
URL encoding converts characters into a format that can be transmitted over the Internet.
URL encoding replaces non ASCII characters with a "%" followed by two hexadecimal digits.
URLs cannot contain spaces. URL encoding normally replaces a space with a + sign.
Try It Yourself
If you click "Submit", the browser will URL encode the input before it is sent to the server.
A page at the server will display the received input.
Try some other input and click Submit again.
URL Encoding Examples
For a complete reference of all URL encodings, visit our URL Encoding Reference.
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