URL Decoding

Decode from URL-encoded format. A simple tool to decode URLs on the fly.

Introducing URL Decoding and Encoding, a simple online tool that easily decodes and encodes URL formatted data. Easily convert your information into URL encoding or decode it for easy readability without any complications.

URL encoding, also called "percent-encoding", is a way to encode information in a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). While it is commonly referred to as URL encoding, it is actually used more broadly in the main URI set, which includes both URLs and URNs. It is also used in preparing data for the "application/x-www-form-urlencoded" media type, often used in submitting HTML form data in HTTP requests.

Types of URI characters

The characters that can be used in a URI are categorized as either reserved or unreserved, with the option of using a percent character as part of percent-encoding. Reserved characters are those that may have specific meanings, such as forward slashes used to separate parts of a URL or URI. Unreserved characters do not have any special meanings. Reserved characters can be represented using special character sequences through percent-encoding. The lists of reserved and unreserved characters, as well as the instances where reserved characters have special meanings, have evolved slightly with each new version of the specifications that regulate URIs and URI schemes.

Percent-encoding reserved characters

When a character that is designated as "reserved" has a specific purpose in a certain context, and a URI scheme requires that character to be used for another purpose, it must be percent-encoded. Percent-encoding a reserved character involves converting it to its ASCII byte value and representing that value as a pair of hexadecimal digits preceded by a percent sign ("%"). This encoded value is then used in the URI instead of the reserved character. For non-ASCII characters, they are typically converted to their byte sequence in UTF-8 and each byte value is represented in the same way.

For example, the reserved character "/" is used as a delimiter between path segments in the "path" component of a URI. If a URI scheme requires "/" to be included in a path segment, it must be represented as "%2F" (or "%2f") instead of simply using a "/".
  • Decoding using the official URL Standard RFC 3986
  • Safe and secure URL Decoding online.
  • Easy way to decode URL at once.
  • No limits, no registration and installation of additional software.
  • Work from your favorite device and any platform.

How to Decode URL

  • Enter the encoded URL in the form field.
  • URL decoding will happen immediately.
  • The result will appear in the bottom field.


What does URL decoding mean?

URL decoding is the opposite process of URL encoding, where it converts encoded URL data back to its original form.

Why is URL decoding required?

URL decoding is a process that involves analyzing query strings or path parameters included in URLs. This process makes the data contained in the URL easier for software to understand and display in its original format.

Can I use URL decoding on Linux, Mac OS, iOS, or Android?

Yes, you are able to utilize free URL Decoding on any operating system that includes a web browser.

Can URLs be safely decoded using this application?

We guarantee the safe and secure utilization of our free online URL Decoding tool. Any data uploaded is promptly removed from our servers once it has been processed. We do not retain or examine the information entered in any way.