URL Encode easy with Notepad++: 1 minute tips

This guide will show you how to url encode 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 and we will need to encode the information first so it is able to be sent correctly.

Now a days there are many tools that help us manipulate this data and making it easy for us to transform this data as needed. 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 decode, allowing us to interpret the encoded data.

If you would like to use an online tool to achieve the same results it can be done here: DigitalToolchest.com. (This site is developed by myself). I love to make tools that help make our daily workflows easier. Let me know if there is anything I can make to help make your day a little bit easier by reaching out via the contact page.

URL Encode with Notepad++

First we want to start by pasting the text that you want to encode into the editor.
Inserting the text to Notepad++ that we want to url encode

Next, highlight the text that you would like to be encoded inside of the editor. In the example below we are trying to encode “this will be url encoded :)”
Highlight the text that we want to URL Encode

Once you are happy with your selection navigate tot he top menu and select “Plugins > MIME Tools > URL Encode”.
Notepad++ Plugins srcset= MIME Tools > URL Encode Option to URL Encode URL”>

After you select the encode option in the menu, you will see that the highlighted texts is now URL encoded. In our example we now see “this will be url encoded :)” is URL encoded to “this%20will%20be%20url%20encoded%20%20%3A)”.
Notepad++ Url Encoded URL result

Now if you want to URL decode the content you can follow the same instruction except use the “Plugins > MIME Tools > URL Decode” menu option.

Wrap up

As you can see this is very easy to do. I would love to hear more about how you are encoding and decoding data, drop a comment down below to get the conversation started! Can’t wait to hear about what you want me to write about next.

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