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Encode an URL string.

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

(old name: String.EncodeToURL)


Parameter Description Example value
text The text to process. "Hello World"
Encoding Optional
The text encoding for text parameter.
Default is native.
Possible encoding names: ANSI, Arabic-Mac, Arabic-Win, Baltic-Win, CentralEurope-Mac, ChineseSimp-Mac, ChineseSimp-Win, ChineseTrad-Mac, ChineseTrad-Win, Cyrillic-Mac, Cyrillic-Win, EasternEurope-Win, Greek-Mac, Greek-Win, Hebrew-Mac, Hebrew-Win, ISO-8859-1, ISO-8859-2, ISO-8859-3, ISO-8859-4, ISO-8859-5, ISO-8859-6, ISO-8859-7, ISO-8859-8, ISO-8859-9, ISO-8859-15, Korean-Johab, Korean-Mac, Korean-Win, Latin1, Mac, Native, ShiftJIS-Mac, ShiftJIS-Win, Turkish-Mac, Turkish-Win, UTF-8, DOS or Windows. Pass native to use the native encoding of the current platform.


Returns encoded text.


Encode an URL string.
Please check what text encoding you want to use. Especially what the software processing the hex string expects.
This function should work the same as PHP's urlencode function.


Encode URL as UTF-8:

MBS( "Text.EncodeToURL"; "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"

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Created 18th August 2014, last changed 11st December 2016

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