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Decode an URL string.

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MBS( "Text.DecodeFromURL"; text { ; Encoding } )   More

(old name: String.DecodeFromURL)


Parameter Description Example Flags
text The text to process. "Hello+%C3%B6%C3%A4%C3%BC"
Encoding The text encoding for result.
Default is native. This function can also handle UTF-16 as well as UTF-16LE and UTF-16BE for little/big endian byte order.
Possible encoding names: ANSI, ISO-8859-1, Latin1, Mac, Native, UTF-8, DOS, Hex, Base64 or Windows. More listed in the FAQ.
"UTF-8" Optional


Returns decoded text.


Decode an URL string.
This function should work the same as PHP's urldecode function.


Decode URL as UTF-8:

MBS( "Text.DecodeFromURL"; "Hello+World"; "utf8" )

Example result: Hello World

Encode and Decode with umlauts and UTF-8:

$v = "Hello öäü"
$e = MBS( "Text.EncodeToURL"; "$v; "utf8" )
# e has now value "Hello+%C3%B6%C3%A4%C3%BC"
$d = MBS( "Text.DecodeFromURL"; $e; "utf8" )
# d has now value "Hello öäü"

Decode emojis:

MBS( "Text.DecodeFromURL"; "%F0%9F%8D%8E+%F0%9F%8D%93+%F0%9F%8D%92"; "UTF-8" )

Example result: 🍎 🍓 🍒

See also

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 31st January 2023

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