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What is the maximum length of a URL in different browsers?

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What is the maximum length of a URL for each browser?

Is a maximum URL length part of the HTTP specification?

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    FWIW, for Windows users, server paths exceeding 250 characters may cause grief when building URLs, for example, see HttpContext.Current.Server.MapPath fails for long file names at forums.asp.net. bottom line: if one restriction does not get you, another one may.

    Aug 2, 2012 at 20:32


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    From support.microsoft.com/kb/208427 “Maximum URL length is 2,083 characters in Internet Explorer”

    – gavenkoa

    Feb 27, 2013 at 13:17

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    May I ask why did you need to know that? I.e. what’s the use-case for having a long URL?

    – o0′.

    Apr 8, 2013 at 12:47


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    @Lohoris: If a form uses get rather than post, then bookmarking the page reached by the filled-in form will capture the information that was entered. In some cases, that can be bad, but in other cases it can be useful. For that to work, however, the browser has to be able to handle a URL containing all the information.

    – supercat

    Dec 10, 2013 at 22:03

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    @Lohoris When we write pages to generate reports we used a criteria form. It is useful on some reports to be able to email the url to someone with the criteria built in. Depending on the report we are at times forced to use post or the criteria gets truncated. Just another use case.

    Feb 6, 2014 at 16:32

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Short answer – de facto limit of 2000 characters

If you keep URLs under 2000 characters, they’ll work in virtually any combination of client and server software.

If you are targeting particular browsers, see below for more details on specific limits.

Longer answer – first, the standards…

RFC 2616 (Hypertext Transfer Protocol HTTP/1.1) section 3.2.1 says

The HTTP protocol does not place
any a priori limit on the length of
a URI. Servers MUST be able to handle
the URI of any resource they serve,
and SHOULD be able to handle URIs of
unbounded length if they provide
GET-based forms that could generate
such URIs. A server SHOULD return
414 (Request-URI Too Long) status if a
URI is longer than the server can
handle (see section 10.4.15).

That RFC has been obsoleted by RFC7230 which is a refresh of the HTTP/1.1 specification. It contains similar language, but also goes on to suggest this:

Various ad hoc limitations on request-line length are found in
practice. It is RECOMMENDED that all HTTP senders and recipients
support, at a minimum, request-line lengths of 8000 octets.

…and the reality

That’s what the standards say. For the reality, there was an article on boutell.com (link goes to Internet Archive backup) that discussed what individual browser and server implementations will support. The executive summary is:

Extremely long URLs are usually a
mistake. URLs over 2,000 characters
will not work in the most popular web
browsers.
Don’t use them if you intend
your site to work for the majority of
Internet users.

(Note: this is a quote from an article written in 2006, but in 2015 IE’s declining usage means that longer URLs do work for the majority. However, IE still has the limitation…)

Internet Explorer’s limitations…

IE8’s maximum URL length is 2083 chars, and it seems IE9 has a similar limit.

I’ve tested IE10 and the address bar will only accept 2083 chars. You can click a URL which is longer than this, but the address bar will still only show 2083 characters of this link.

There’s a nice writeup on the IE Internals blog which goes into some of the background to this.

There are mixed reports IE11 supports longer URLs – see comments below. Given some people report issues, the general advice still stands.

Search engines like URLs < 2048 chars…

Be aware that the sitemaps protocol, which allows a site to inform search engines about available pages, has a limit of 2048 characters in a URL. If you intend to use sitemaps, a limit has been decided for you! (see Calin-Andrei Burloiu’s answer below)

There’s also some research from 2010 into the maximum URL length that search engines will crawl and index. They found the limit was 2047 chars, which appears allied to the sitemap protocol spec. However, they also found the Google SERP tool wouldn’t cope with URLs longer than 1855 chars.

CDNs have limits

CDNs also impose limits on URI length, and will return a 414 Too long request when these limits are reached, for example:

(credit to timrs2998 for providing that info in the comments)

Additional browser roundup

I tested the following against an Apache 2.4 server configured with a very large LimitRequestLine and LimitRequestFieldSize.

Browser     Address bar   document.location
                          or anchor tag
------------------------------------------
Chrome          32779           >64k
Android          8192           >64k
Firefox          >64k           >64k
Safari           >64k           >64k
IE11             2047           5120
Edge 16          2047          10240

See also this answer from Matas Vaitkevicius below.

Is this information up to date?

This is a popular question, and as the original research is ~14 years old I’ll try to keep it up to date: As of Jan 2021, the advice still stands. Even though IE11 may possibly accept longer URLs, the ubiquity of older IE installations plus the search engine limitations mean staying under 2000 chars is the best general policy.

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    Note that IE11 won’t bookmark URLs longer than 260 characters. I’m unsure if Edge has the same limitation.

    – Brian

    Mar 14, 2016 at 18:05

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    Today IE11 cuts my URL to 2048 chars.

    – AntiCZ

    Jun 13, 2016 at 11:04

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    in Chrome in 2016 I’ve been able to open a url with 260300 ascii chars using the osx open command from a simple script, and could confirm that all the characters were passed through to the server. The url in the browser gets truncated to 32791 characters, concludinding with … (%E2%80%A6%E2%80%A6)

    Sep 27, 2016 at 11:19

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    @Paul Dixon It’s really nice to see people that are willing to go above and beyond in answering questions on this site. Obviously people are showing their gratitude with the current upvote count being 3734, but I wanted to say thanks! 🙂

    – drognisep

    Sep 25, 2017 at 19:20

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    Mentioning any version of IE in 2020 update is … strange.

    – Petr Nagy

    Feb 19, 2020 at 15:41

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The longest URLs I came across are data URLs

Example image URL from Google image results (11747 characters)

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  • 48

    He’s talking about the fact that a base64 encoded jpeg is technically a URL, because it’s specified as data:*. While he’s correct in stating that it is a valid URL, I don’t think that’s what the question was asking.

    – Fitblip

    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:24

  • 62

    … or just paste it in your address bar.

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:49

  • 73

    Because a data URL contains the protocol “data:”, and the identifier, it’s everything you need to LOCATE that “file” (even if the “Filesystem” is the space of all possible files). It is therefore a URL, which is also a URI. (But definitely not “not a URL”)

    – MickLH

    May 24, 2014 at 18:19

  • 7

    @DoubleGras Google Chrome for Mac does not allow me to paste a URL that long into my address bar

    May 27, 2014 at 23:34

  • 2

    Thanks for the info. I’ve just tested it successfully on Firefox and Chrome, Windows. So… it simply depends 😉

    May 28, 2014 at 12:09

197

I wrote this test that keeps on adding 'a' to parameter until the browser fails

C# part:

[AcceptVerbs(HttpVerbs.Get)]
public ActionResult ParamTest(string x)
{
    ViewBag.TestLength = 0;
    if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(x))
    {
        System.IO.File.WriteAllLines("c:/result.txt",
                       new[] {Request.UserAgent, x.Length.ToString()});
        ViewBag.TestLength = x.Length + 1;
    }

    return View();
}

View:

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.1/jquery.min.js"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function() {
        var text = "a";
        for (var i = 0; i < parseInt(@ViewBag.TestLength)-1; i++) {
            text += "a";
        }

        document.location.href = "http://localhost:50766/Home/ParamTest?x=" + text;
    });
</script>

PART 1

On Chrome I got:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/43.0.2357.130 Safari/537.36
2046

It then blew up with:

HTTP Error 404.15 – Not Found The request filtering module is
configured to deny a request where the query string is too long.

Same on Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E)
2046

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:38.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/38.0
2046

PART 2

I went easy mode and added additional limits to IISExpress applicationhost.config and web.config setting maxQueryStringLength="32768".

Chrome failed with message 'Bad Request - Request Too Long

HTTP Error 400. The size of the request headers is too long.

after 7744 characters.

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/43.0.2357.130 Safari/537.36
7744

PART 3

Added

<headerLimits>
    <add header="Content-type" sizeLimit="32768" />
</headerLimits>

which didn’t help at all. I finally decided to use fiddler to remove the referrer from header.

static function OnBeforeRequest(oSession: Session) {
    if (oSession.url.Contains("localhost:50766")) {
        oSession.RequestHeaders.Remove("Referer");
    }

Which did nicely.

Chrome: got to 15613 characters. (I guess it’s a 16K limit for IIS)

And it failed again with:

<BODY><h2>Bad Request - Request Too Long</h2>
<hr><p>HTTP Error 400. The size of the request headers is too long.</p>


Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/43.0.2357.130 Safari/537.36
15613

Firefox:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:38.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/38.0
15708

Internet Explorer 8 failed with iexplore.exe crashing.

Enter image description here

After 2505

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E)
2505

Android Emulator

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 5.1; Android SDK built for x86 Build/LKY45) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Chrome/39.0.0.0 Mobile Safari/537.36
7377

Internet Explorer 11

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/7.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C)
4043

Internet Explorer 10

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/6.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C)
4043

Internet Explorer 9

Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0)
4043

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  • 1

    So, in effect, my assumption of 512 chars is largely wrong ^_^ Thanks for the test. I will never care about the query param length anymore..

    Sep 17, 2015 at 7:19

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    This should be the accepted answer… the first one doesn’t actually provide hard limits for each browser which is what the questions asks for.

    – GrayedFox

    Apr 8, 2016 at 9:23

  • 2

    Might be worth looking into Safari too. Safari is the only browser that does not support client-generated downloads. The workarounds are: a) open a BLOB URI (a short, temporary URI that points to an in-memory Blob) in a new window, b) open a base-64 encoded data URI in a new window (may be very long, but supports mime typing). Details here: github.com/eligrey/FileSaver.js/issues/12

    Sep 28, 2016 at 18:16

  • 1

    @Vaitkevicius do u know if a space(%20) is counted as one character or 3?

    – Jun711

    May 28, 2018 at 17:26


  • 2

    @Jun depends where… press F12 and paste following into the console console.log("%20".length +" "+decodeURI("%20").length) this should explain it

    May 29, 2018 at 2:06