HTML URL Encoding

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URL encoding converts characters into a format that can be transmitted over the Internet.

URL - Uniform Resource Locator

Web browsers request pages from web servers by using a URL.

The URL is the address of a web page, like:

URL Encoding

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 a valid ASCII format.

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.

URL Encoding Examples

Character URL-encoding
£ %A3
© %A9
® %AE
À %C0
Á %C1
à %C3
Ä %C4
Å %C5

For a complete reference of all URL encodings, visit our URL Encoding Reference.

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