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A simple, lightweight url parser for JavaScript (~1.7 Kb minified, ~0.7Kb gzipped).

Also available for Node.js.


For path(1) and path(-1) will always act as if the path is in the form /some/path/ regardless of whether the original path was /some/path or some/path/.


There are two versions, url.min.js and url-tld.min.jd. The tld version contains a list of valid tld's making the file about 2kb larger. If you don't need support for it just use domain parts arguments (url('-1')) to get the tld pieces you need.

url();            //
url('tld');       //
url('domain');    //
url('hostname');  //
url('sub');       // www
url('.0')         // undefined
url('.1')         // www
url('.2')         // example
url('.-1')        // com
url('auth')       // rob:abcd1234
url('user')       // rob
url('pass')       // abcd1234
url('port');      // 80
url('protocol');  // http
url('path');      // /path/index.html
url('file');      // index.html
url('filename');  // index
url('fileext');   // html
url('1');         // path
url('2');         // index.html
url('3');         // undefined
url('-1');        // index.html
url(1);           // path
url(2);           // index.html
url(-1);          // index.html
url('query');     // query1=test&silly=willy
url('?');         // {query1: 'test', silly: 'willy'}
url('?silly');    // willy
url('?poo');      // null
url('field[0]')   // zero
url('field')      // ['zero', undefined, 'two']
url('hash');      // test=hash&chucky=cheese
url('#');         // {test: 'hash', chucky: 'cheese'}
url('#chucky');   // cheese
url('#poo');      // undefined

Also supports mailto.

url('protocol', ''); // mailto
url('email', '');    //

We can also pass a url in and use all the same options on it:

url('hostname', '');          //
url('protocol', '');               // http
url('path', '');       // /some/path
url('port', '');       // 8080
url('protocol', '');  // https


Also include is a jQuery version of the plugin that can be called via $.url() with all the same options. If you're already using jQuery it may be better to use the jQuery version to avoid namespacing issues.


If you want to use Grunt you will need to install the required plugins locally using npm install in the root folder of your project. If you need to setup Grunt on your system you can follow my Setting up Grunt.js guide.



MIT licensed

Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Websanova

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