I use Firefox for browsing and Google for searching. When Google returns search results, it does so with a Google-fied link that includes additional metadata.

I'm looking for a plugin that I can hover over a link in Google search results, and copy the un-Google-fied link to the clipboard or pasteboard. The copy should occur after right clicking the link and selecting a context menu (similar to what we have now with "Copy Link Location" or similar in browsers).

For example, searching for Bernstein's paper The Poly1305-AES message-authentication code returns <http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fiacr.org%2Farchive%2Ffse2005%2F35570033%2F35570033.ps&ei=TW8XVZpvyJ-DBIf3gbAJ&usg=AFQjCNENRpiTiJhpZ48mnw2yW9ikHVC2Bg&sig2=J2mdCFE9CsM2BsRNhqbrpw&bvm=bv.89381419,d.eXY>. The real link is simply <http://iacr.org/archive/fse2005/35570033/35570033.ps>.

Is there such a plugin for Firefox?

  • "The copy should occur after right clicking the link": Is this mandatory? Or would a solution that disables this Google tracking method entirely be okay, too? – unor Mar 29 '15 at 18:09
  • @unor - an undecorated link/URL after right clicking/copy is all that's desired. A solution that disables the tracking would be OK, too as long as I can get the un-Google-fied link off the clipboard when I copy it. Tracking is not a concern to me for this (I know its important, and I would use an anonymizer like Tor if it was). – user8414 Mar 29 '15 at 18:59
  • Did my answer end up working for you? – blackwind Apr 8 '15 at 8:49
  • @blackwind - no, but I did not try it because I don't use Greasemonkey. I use Firefox and Opera (mostly Firefox, and that's why I asked about it only). – user8414 Apr 8 '15 at 10:33

Google Tracking-B-Gone for Greasemonkey will convert all Google links back to their original values, allowing you to copy as you would any other link.


The Google Privacy add-on will turn tracked URLs into normal ones, which can then be copied normally.

This add-on shows tracking-free links or optionally replaces the results with those links. Websites supported (for now) are Google, YouTube, Yahoo!, Bing and Facebook.

  • Thanks @nstenz. I just tried the Google Privacy add-on. After restarting Firefox, I still got the Google-fied or decorated link. So it looks like this does not satisfy requirements. – user8414 Mar 29 '15 at 20:44
  • Sorry- I thought I replied to this a long time ago, but the extension is configurable. By default, I believe it adds an additional link with the bare URL, but leaves the original as well. – nstenz Nov 11 '15 at 1:58

The Don't track me Google Firefox extension (which is also a Chrome extension) does what you are looking for.

At the Google Search engine, search results are converted to an ugly link upon click. This link enables tracking for Google.

For example, the search entry

This addon removes Google's link-conversion/tracking feature. This speeds up loading search results and allows you to normally copy links.

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