URL File Type

- The quick facts

What are URL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an URL file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an URL file?

An .URL file is a Windows URL Shortcut file.

Files with the .url extension contain Internet shortcuts that are used by a variety of Web browsers. The URL file contains the information for a Website's URL address and may also contain references to the favicon.ico file that is displayed as the icon for the URL shortcut. When a user clicks on this icon, the URL file is referenced and the user's Internet browser launches the Web page that the URL directs to.

How to open URL files

We have identified 4 URL openers that are compatible with this specific type of URL file.

Programs that open Windows URL Shortcut files

Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft EdgeVerified
Google ChromeGoogle ChromeVerified
FirefoxFirefoxVerified
OperaOperaVerified

Last updated: January 20, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of URL files. Remember, different programs may use URL files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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