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The URL Encoder / Decoder tool is a web-based tool that is used to encode or decode URLs (Uniform Resource Locators). URLs are the web addresses that we use to access websites or specific web pages on the internet. URLs may contain special characters or spaces that need to be encoded or decoded in order to be properly understood by web browsers and servers.
URL encoding is the process of converting special characters or spaces in a URL into a format that can be safely transmitted over the internet. This is done to ensure that the URL remains valid and functional, as certain characters or spaces may have special meanings or cause issues in URL parsing or processing. URL encoding replaces special characters with their respective hexadecimal ASCII codes, preceded by a percentage sign (%). For example, a space is encoded as "%20" and a question mark is encoded as "%3F".
URL decoding, on the other hand, is the process of converting encoded characters in a URL back to their original form. This is necessary to retrieve the original URL or to process URL parameters or query strings. URL decoding reverses the encoding process, converting hexadecimal ASCII codes preceded by a percentage sign back to their respective characters.