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How do I copy an unencoded URL from my browser?

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Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being percent-encoded and completely unreadable.

For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/メインページ, becomes this monstrosity:

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%9A%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B8

This happens even though the clean version of the URL displays in the browser's address bar.

Is there a quick and easy way to stop this from happening? I'm mostly interested in Edge and Firefox but solutions for other browsers would be appreciated.

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Sorry! Why you want to decode them? I was using Chrome and, same thing happened to me. Istiak‭ 25 days ago

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A few options:

https://www.urldecoder.org/ is a converter for this

If you copy the URL without the https:// part, then it will no longer be recognized as needing to be URL encoded by the browser (works on Edge and I believe all Chromium browsers, I can't speak for others as I haven't used them)

Finally, there are extensions on the Chrome Web Store such as https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/copy-unicode-urls/fnbbfiapefhkicjhecnoepbijhanpkjp that I found on a quick search - I can't speak for any of these either, as I've never used them.

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