URL Decode using Notepad++

SoftwareVersionWebsiteOperating System
Notepad++7.5.1notepad-plus-plus.orgWindows 10

Description: This guide will show you how to url decode a full or portion part of text using Notepad++ tool. This is also know as Percent Encoding and is used when we have non ASCII characters that need to be sent over the internet inside a url. Sometime we may want to add data to be passed inside the GET variable of a web address. We will need to encode the information first so it is able to be sent correctly. In this article we assume you have the encoded data and are trying to view it without the encoding.

Now a days there are many tools that help us manipulate this data and make it easy for us to transform this data. If you have some other use cases for this, please drop a comment below. Would love to learn the many uses that could be out there for this. In another article here I will show you how to URL encode, allowing us to encode data.

If you would like to use an online tool to achieve the same results it can be done here: DigitalToolchest.com Url Decode. (This site is developed by myself)

  1. Paste the text you want to decode into Notepad++ editor
    URL Encoded Data in Notepad++
  2. Highlight the portion of text you wish to have encoded
    URL Encoded Data highlighted in notepad++
  3. Using the Notepad++ Menu, select “Plugins > MIME Tools > URL Decode”
    Notepad++ URL Decode Menu Option
  4. You should now see the highlighted text decoded
    URL Decode with Notepad++ Results

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