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The Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a technical, Web-related term used in two distinct meanings:
- in popular usage, it is a widespread synonym for Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) - many popular and technical texts will use the term "URL" when referring to URI;
- in strict technical usage, it is a subset of URI specific to identifiers who are primarily locators.
The web page address that you type or paste in your browser is commonly called an URL.
Here is a typical URI dissected:
http://example.com:992/animal/bird?species=seagull#wings \__/ \_________/ \_/\__________/ \_____________/ \___/ | | | | | | scheme host port path query fragment