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This post explains how to encode and decode URL using PHP. PHP supports encoding and decoding of URL by providing some built-in functions. Encoding is required before sending URL data to query string or to a function which might dynamically work on this URL data. And then, this data will be decoded into its original form, after receiving it in target PHP page or function.

PHP Encode and Decode URL Example:

First, let us create an HTML file and save it as sample.html

sample.html 


   
      

Let us now, create a PHP file to encode and decode URL.

encode_decode.php


Lets see the simple example to encode and decode URL in PHP:

$url = "https://www.example.com/p/selenium.html";
//encoding URL
$encodedUrl = urlencode($url);
echo $encodedUrl;
//Prints: https%3A%2F%2Fwww.example.com%2Fp%2Fselenium.html

//decoding URL
echo urldecode($encodedUrl);
//Prints: https://www.example.com/p/selenium.html

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