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URL

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 "phonescoop.com" instead of the complete "http://www.phonescoop.com/".

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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