An url file extension is related to Uniform Resource Locator and stores internet shortcut in Windows OS.

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Software that open url file

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URL file extension - Internet Shortcut - URL - Uniform Resource Locator

What is url file? How to open url files?

File type specification:

Internet related file type icon Internet related file type

Email attachment blocked file type icon Email attachment blocked file type

url file icon: url filetype icon

The url file extension is used in Microsoft Windows operating systems to store Internet shortcut - URL (Uniform Resource Locator) with additional information (icon, icon path, date modified, paths etc.).

The classic URL file format is stored in simple text and it has a format similar to an ini file.

MIME types:

Updated: August 1, 2022

The default software associated to open url file:

Microsoft Edge icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Edge  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Edge is web browser introduced in Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. It's fast and built for modern web applications and presentations. It allows users to simple share, reading and discover the Internet.

Firefox icon

Mozilla Corporation logoFirefox  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Mozilla Corporation

Firefox is very popular free open source web browser with many features. Firefox uses Gecko layout engine that implements most web standards including new HTML5.

Firefox supports tabbed browsing, private browsing, spell checking, incremental find, bookmarking etc. Other features can be added via extensions and add-ons, such as NoScript, Tab Mix Plus. FoxyTunes, Web Developer.

Google Chrome icon

Google Inc. logoGoogle Chrome  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Google Inc.

A popular Internet browser for Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS as well as for mobile platforms. The core of the Chrome uses very fast Chrome Blink (Webkit fork) layout engine. Chrome Blink layout engine is regarded as one of the fastest layout engines for viewing websites and for work with JavaScript.

Microsoft Internet Explorer icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Internet Explorer  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Internet Explorer is traditionally used as default web browser that comes as part of Microsoft Windows operating system. First released in 1995. Latest version is 11.

Latest Microsoft Windows 10 also contains Internet Explorer, but as default browser is used Microsoft Edge.

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Help how to open:

Use Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera) to open *.url which will launch the website address stored in it.

How to convert:

There is probably no real way how you can convert this particular file type to anything else.

Find conversions from url file:

url to html

url to pdf

List of software applications associated to the .url file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open url file, edit url file, convert url file, view url file, play url file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting url files.

Software that open url file - Internet Shortcut - URL - Uniform Resource Locator

Programs supporting the exension url on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open url file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with url file by default:
Microsoft Edge small icon Microsoft Edge
Firefox small icon Firefox
Google Chrome small icon Google Chrome
Microsoft Internet Explorer small icon Microsoft Internet Explorer
Other suggested software:
Opera browser small icon Opera browser
PSPad small icon PSPad
Sublime Text small icon Sublime Text
NotePad++ text editor small icon NotePad++ text editor
Atom small icon Atom

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