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What are optional parts for a URL?

Question #17111. Asked by garnet.
Last updated Jun 22 2021.

Gnomon
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Gnomon
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Answer has 12 votes.

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A URL consists of five parts:

http://
domain
/path/
filename
:port

A typical URL with all these parts would be:
http: // www. joe.com/difficult/questions/answer.html:80
Here the domain is link www.joe.com.
The path is /difficult/questions/

Which parts are optional depend on the computer on which the web site is hosted and on the browser you are using:

• http:// is optional in most browsers
• The domain name is compulsory
• The path is optional. If omitted, the 'root directory' at the domain will be used.
• The filename is optional. Some Internet servers default to index.html as the default page, others to default.html. It depends on what way the web site is set up.
• The port number is nearly always 80, so it can be omitted.

Response last updated by gtho4 on Jun 22 2021.
Mar 12 2002, 9:59 PM
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