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A package for elegantly handling and parsing URLs from within R.

Author: Oliver Keyes, Jay Jacobs
License: MIT
Status: Stable

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URLs in R are often treated as nothing more than part of data retrieval - they're used for making connections and reading data. With web analytics and research, however, URLs can be the data, and R's default handlers are not best suited to handle vectorised operations over large datasets. urltools is intended to solve this.

It contains drop-in replacements for R's URLdecode and URLencode functions, along with new functionality such as a URL parser and parameter value extractor. In all cases, the functions are designed to be content-safe (not breaking on unexpected values) and fully vectorised, resulting in a dramatic speed improvement over existing implementations - crucial for large datasets. For more information, see the urltools vignette.

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.


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