A uniform resource locator (URL) is the address of a resource on the Internet. A URL indicates the location of a resource as well as the protocol used to access it.

A URL contains the following information:

  • The protocol used to a access the resource
  • The the location of the server (whether by IP address or domain name)
  • The port number on the server (optional)
  • The location of the resource in the directory structure of the server
  • A fragment identifier (optional)

Also known as a Universal Resource Locator (URL) or Web address. A URL is a type of uniform resource identifier (URI). In common practice, the term URI isn’t used, or is used synonymously with URL, even though this is technically incorrect.

Uniform Resource Locator (URL)