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URL Encoding in Python - A Detailed Tutorial

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Published Date: September 9, 2022

Updated Date: September 9, 2022

Python as a language provides means to encode your strings. In Python 3+ you can URL encode any string using the quote() function included in the urllib.parse package. The quote() function by default encodes using UTF-8 format.

How to encode a string or a URL in Python using the quote() function

>>> import urllib.parse
>>> query = 'Tööls Cönverters xyz URLEncoder@Python'
>>> urllib.parse.quote(query)



By default the quote() function will not parse/encode the / character. You need to escape the character. For example:




The quote() function also accepts a named parameter called safe, the default value for which is /.

In order to encode / you can pass the safe argument as an empty string.

urllib.parse.quote('/', safe='')



Related Encoding techniques:

There are many applications that require you to encode your URL into a format that the systems can understand. If you wish to encode a URL, check out our free online URL Encoder.

Some systems communicate with encoded URLs, so you may need to decode a URL. If you want to decode a URL online, we have our free online URL Decoder.