URL decoder

URL decoding is the process of translating encoded characters in a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) back into their original form. This process is also known as URL unescaping or percent-decoding.

URL encoding is a process that encodes special characters in a URL with specific sequences of characters. This is done to ensure that the URL remains valid and can be correctly interpreted by web browsers and servers.

For example, if a URL contains a space character, it will be encoded as %20. Similarly, the ampersand symbol (&) is encoded as %26, the forward slash (/) is encoded as %2F, and so on.

URL decoding is the opposite process of URL encoding. It involves taking an encoded URL and translating the encoded characters back into their original form.

URL decoding is often required when handling data submitted through web forms. When a user submits a form, the form data is typically encoded and included in the URL as a query string. The server then needs to decode the query string to process the data.

URL decoding can also be used in other situations where encoded URLs need to be processed or analyzed, such as when building web scrapers or when working with APIs that return encoded URLs.

There are several tools available for URL decoding, including online tools and libraries for various programming languages.

One of the most commonly used online tools for URL decoding is the URL Decoder from the website FreeFormatter.com. This tool allows users to enter an encoded URL and receive the decoded URL as output.

In addition to online tools, most programming languages provide libraries or functions for URL decoding. For example, in Python, the urllib.parse.unquote() function can be used to decode a URL-encoded string.

In conclusion, URL decoding is a critical process for working with web applications, especially when handling user-submitted data or working with APIs. While there are many tools available for URL decoding, it's important to choose a tool or library that is appropriate for your specific use case and programming language.

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