.URL File Extension

Internet Shortcut File

A URL file is a shortcut that points to a specific web address. When you double-click a URL file, your computer accesses the URL it contains. URL files most often contain web addresses and are used to...

General Information

Title URL File Extension
Extension .url
Full Form Internet Shortcut File
File Type Web Shortcut File
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type application/internet-shortcut

File Function

Primary Function Web shortcut
Additional Functions Store URL, Shortcut icon
Features Clickable, Redirects

File Characteristics

Quality Text-based
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Quick Access Yes
Bookmarking Yes
Desktop Shortcuts Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks URL spoofing, Phishing
Best Practices Verify URLs, Update software

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release Windows 95
Latest Version Continuously updated

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .webloc (Mac), .desktop (Linux)

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Windows OS Built-in Windows
Internet Browsers Free Windows, Mac, Linux
File Managers Free, Paid Varies by manager