URL File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an URL file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .URL files.

What is an URL file?

Files with the .url extension contain Internet shortcuts that are used by a variety of Web browsing applications. 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension URL for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different URL openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension URL

While we know of one file format using the .URL file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .URL file.

Various viewers for this file format

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.

MaxthonMaxthonUser submitted
Maxthon Cloud BrowserMaxthon Cloud BrowserUser submitted
Lunascape6Lunascape6User submitted
Avant BrowserAvant BrowserUser submitted
Opera Internet BrowserOpera Internet BrowserUser submitted
SleipnirSleipnirUser submitted
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Maxthon BrowserMaxthon BrowserUser submitted
OperaOperaUser submitted
Woopie BrowserWoopie BrowserUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with URL-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with URL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!