URL Encoding, otherwise known as Percentage Encoding, is the practice of converting unrecognisable or ‘unsafe’ characters to an acceptable format that can be transmitted to a server by the browser.
URLs can only be sent over the internet and understood by servers when using something called the ASCII character set. The ASCII character set is essentially the language browsers use to communicate with servers.
Therefore, since URLs often contain characters outside the recognized ASCII character set, the URL has to be converted into a valid ASCII format.
This involves replacing unsafe characters with a “%” followed by two hexadecimal digits that the server understands.
Make sense? Here’s an example to give you a better idea of what we mean.
URLs cannot contain certain entries, such as spaces. To make those characters readable, they’re converted into either a “+” sign or, most commonly, a “%20”, which is the hex value for a blank space.
Online URL Decoder/ Encoder Tool
Don’t worry, we get how complicated this is and don’t expect you to remember all the numerical values and symbols associated with URLs. In fact, we’ve created a really simple tool that’ll help make this task a breeze.
Simply enter the encoded or decoded URL that you wish to submit for processing, then click submit to receive the opposite format (either encoded or decoded) as an output.
We hope this tool helps you out with all your URL encoding needs. Let us know if you have any questions we didn’t answer.