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Converts any URLs in text into clickable links.

Works on http://, https://, www. links, and also on links ending in one of the original seven gTLDs (.com, .edu, .gov, .int, .mil, .net, and .org). Links can have trailing punctuation (periods, commas, close-parens) and leading punctuation (opening parens) and it'll still do the right thing.



Text is the text in which to identify URLs.

Options is optional. If present, it should be an object with some of the following attributes, all of which default to undefined:

  • nofollow: Set to true in order to add the attribute rel="nofollow" to the generated A elements.

  • autoescape: Set to true in order to have urlize.js escape characters that have meaning in HTML (&<>"'). You will almost certainly want to use this option when rendering text entered by a user in order to avoid spam links and cross-site scripting attacks.

  • trim_url_limit: Set to a positive integer not less than 3 in order to truncate the displayed URLs (contents of the A elements) to three characters less than the specified length and add three periods (...).

  • target: Set to a string in order to add a target="" attribute to the generated A elements. For example, to make generate links that open in a new window, set to _blank.

  • django_compatible: Set to false in order to enable URL-detection improvements over Django's implementation. This option is true by default so that urlize.js in its default mode behaves exactly like Django's urlize function. See the section Compatibility with Django.

  • top_level_domains: A list of top-level-domains (TLDs) for which URLs should be recognized. See the Top-level domains section below.

  • trim: Set to "http" in order to remove the "http://" or "https://" from the beginning of the rendered form of the link. Set to "www" to also remove "www." if the hostname portion of the URI starts with that. Setting this option breaks Django compatibility.

Top-level domains

By default, urlize.js acts the way Django does: it recognizes URLs that don't start with "http" or "www" only if their top-level domain is one of the following: com, edu, gov, int, mil, net, org.

You can give your own list of top-level domains to recognize using the top_level_domains option. For instance, if your site is mostly used in one or a few countries, it may make sense to add their country code top-level domains—unless you need Django compatibility, of course.

If you would like urlize.js to recognize all top-level domains, you can load the file top-level-domains.js after you load urlize.js. This sets urlize.top_level_domains to the complete list of top-level domains. You can then pass its value to the top_level_domains option:

<script type="text/javascript" src="urlize.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="urlize_tlds.js"></script>

urlize('', {top_level_domains: urlize.top_level_domains})

Options as positional arguments (deprecated)


Text is the text in which to identify URLs.

The remaining arguments are optional (if not given, they are undefined, which is false). If nofollow is true, the attribute rel="nofollow" will be set on the generated A elements. If autoescape is true, characters that have meaning in HTML (&<>"') will be escaped. If given, trim_url_limit should be a positive integer. The displayed URLs (contents of the A elements) will be truncated to three characters less than the specified length, and three periods (...) will be added. target parameter allows you to specify html target="" parameter. For example, to make generate links that open in a new window, use _blank as target parameter.

Raison d'être

Web applications frequently need to identify URLs in text that a user has entered and render those URLs as clickable hyperlinks. Identifying URLs is tricky because they are often surrounded by punctuation marks and because users frequently do not use the full form of the URL.

Many JavaScript functions exist for replacing URLs with hyperlinks, but I was unable to find one that works as well as the urlize filter in the Python-based web framework Django. I therefore ported Django's urlize filter to JavaScript.

Compatibility with Django

It is a goal for urlize.js to, in the default mode, always produce the same results as the django.utils.html.urlize function in the latest release of Django. That way, a Django application can render text both on the server side (using Django's urlize or urlizetrunc filter) or on the client side (using this port, e.g., in order to show a dynamic preview while the text is being entered). Any difference between the two implementations is considered a bug. See the option django_compatible in the Usage section.