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Abbreviation of Uniform Resource Locator, the global address of documents and other resources on the World Wide Web.

The first part of the address indicates what protocol to use, and the second part specifies the IP address or the domain name where the resource is located.

For example, the two URLs below point to two different files at the domain pcwebopedia.com. The first specifies an executable file that should be fetched using the FTP protocol; the second specifies a Web page that should be fetched using the HTTP protocol:

  • ftp://www.pcwebopedia.com/stuff.exe
  • http://www.pcwebopedia.com/index.html


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    Outstanding Page Guide to URLs
    Explains the basics of URLs including how they work, syntax, usage, construction, and various schemes for HTTP, FTP, gopher, electronic mail, Telnet, etc. Also includes links to URL related resources and RFCs. Updated on Jun 16, 1998

      Beginner's guide to URLs from NCSA
    Provides explanation of some of the more common URL types.

      Document addressing - uniform resource term information
    This World Wide Web Consortium page provides information on the uniform resource family of terms that deal with addressing documents on the Web. There is information on Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), Uniform Resource Locators (URL), Uniform Resource Names (URN), Uniform Resource Citations (URC), and how they all work together. Updated on Jan 10, 1998

      Internet Standards document on URLs
    This Internet standards document specifies a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), the syntax and semantics of formalized information for location and access of resources via the Internet. Updated on Jul 29, 1997

      RFC 1738
    Request for Comments document for Uniform Resource Locators (URL). Updated on Feb 13, 1998

      W3C addressing page
    W3C's overview page on URL addressing. It contains links to news and events, NCSA's URL guide, a glossary of terms, information on addressing schemes, URL documents, specifications, drafts, and reports. Updated on Jan 10, 1998

      Web Naming and Address Overview
    Overview materials related to Addressing from the World Wide Web Consortium.

      Yahoo!'s URL page
    Yahoo!'s directory of Uniform Resource Locators (URL). Updated on Aug 4, 1998

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