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How to encode a URL so that it can be passed along as a Get Variable in PHP

Because of the various symbols that a URL will and might contain, such as colons, slashes, question marks and equals, passing them along as a Get variable is not possible in their original format. Some encoding is needed to make this smooth transition possible.

As per usual you as a programmer are now faced with a choice. Either put together numerous string replaces, or instead using the predefined PHP function rawurlencode().

As the name indicates rawurlencode() converts a normal url into something encoded that can be passed along in environments where URL usually cause trouble. When included in a Get variable being one such instance. Here then is an example of this code in action:


$url = "";

$encoded_url = rawurlencode($url);

echo $encoded_url;


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