I am looking for a Chrome extension that automatically transforms long and obfuscated URLs into the real URLs.

Example how it is at the moment:


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Example how I want it to be:

  • How would it know what's obfuscated URL and what's not?
    – Tom
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 19:58
  • Dear @Tom, that's a good question...maybe based on the length and number of ? used?
    – orschiro
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 7:15
  • Ya, that would be nice especially, for example, google search result links. IDK any personally but maybe someone else does
    – Tom
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 13:47
  • where would the transformed URL be shown? Commented May 8, 2016 at 15:02
  • 1
    would you be willing to use a userscript? It would have a shortcut that you press which would prompt you to ctrl+c the transformed URL... Commented May 8, 2016 at 15:05

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I've made a quick userscript to do this.

When you press Ctrl + Shift + U (if you want a different shortcut, please comment and I'll change it for you :), you'll get a prompt to copy a cleaned-up version of the URL:

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This will work in both Firefox and Chrome.

If you're using Firefox, you'll need to install the Greasemonkey extension first.

If you're using Chrome, you'll need to install the Tampermonkey extension first.

Then, just click this link to install it -- Greasemonkey/Tampermonkey will detect it's a userscript and ask you to install it.

The code, if you're interested :)

// ==UserScript==
// @name         URL deobfuscater
// @namespace    http://stackexchange.com/users/4337810/
// @version      1.0
// @description  A userscript that lets you quickly copy a cleaned-up version of the current URL
// @author       ᔕᖺᘎᕊ (http://stackexchange.com/users/4337810/)
// @match        *://*/*
// @grant        none
// ==/UserScript==

(function() {
    'use strict';
    document.onkeyup = function(e) {
        if(e.ctrlKey && e.shiftKey && (e.keyCode == 117 || e.keyCode == 85)) {
            window.prompt('Press Ctrl+C/Ctrl+X', location.protocol + '//' + location.hostname + location.pathname);
  • This is a great first step, thank you! Where can I report bugs?
    – orschiro
    Commented May 8, 2016 at 18:53
  • 1
    @orschiro either here as a comment, or as an issue at github.com/shu8/SE-Answers_scripts, where this file is saved :) Commented May 8, 2016 at 19:17

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