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Uniform Resource Locator

A string of text that provides the address / location of a file or service on a computer network (usually the Internet.)

The most common type of URL is a web address, which points to a specific web page. The complete form of such a URL starts with "http://" or "https://". Most web browsers have a place to enter URLs. Entering a specific URL lets the user go directly to any web page on the Internet. Most browsers accept incomplete URLs, such as "" instead of the complete "".

URLs can point to other types of files and services, and can involve Internet protocols other than HTTP that is used for the web. For example, a URL might point to a live video stream that a phone can display directly, without using the web browser.

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