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This is a fork of Template:URL for use in infoboxes.

It behaves similarly to {{URL}} with the following exceptions:

  • By default it does not display anything if the parameters are blank or omitted. Template:URL displays {{URL|example.com|optional display text}} by default.
  • It implements a parameter |msg= that turns on or off the message {{URL|example.com|optional display text}}. Setting msg to false or anything beginning with n or N will suppress the message. Anything else enables the message.
  • It strips html tags and wiki-link markup from the supplied url parameter.
  • It truncates the url parameter at the first space it finds.
  • It can take its own output as input, allowing website parameters to be wrapped in in the design of an infobox, without causing problems if editors add |website={{URL|some.url.com}} in an article.


  • {{URL2|url}}
  • {{URL2|1=url}}


Different from Template:URL

If there is no input, the default behavior of URL2 is to display nothing (use |msg= to display the instructional message):

  • {{URL2| }}
  • {{URL2|msg=yes| }}{{URL|example.com|optional display text}}
  • {{URL2|msg=true| }}{{URL|example.com|optional display text}}

URL2 handles formatting commonly found in the |website= parameter of an infobox:

  • {{URL2|http://www.example.com|website}}website

Same as Template:URL

The template wraps the output in <span class="url">...</span> (see § Microformat) and adds <wbr/> before displayed periods:

  • {{URL2|www.example.com}}www.example.com
    <span class="url">[http://www.example.com www<wbr/>.example<wbr/>.com]</span>

The use of http://, https://, a protocol-relative URL, or a different protocol is preserved in the URL but is not shown in the link text:

  • {{URL2|http://www.example.com}}www.example.com
    <span class="url">[http://www.example.com www<wbr/>.example<wbr/>.com]</span>
  • {{URL2|https://www.example.com}}www.example.com
    <span class="url">[https://www.example.com www<wbr/>.example<wbr/>.com]</span>
  • {{URL2|//www.example.com}}www.example.com
    <span class="url">[//www.example.com www<wbr/>.example<wbr/>.com]</span>
  • {{URL2|ftp://ftp.example.com}}ftp.example.com
    <span class="url">[ftp://ftp.example.com ftp<wbr/>.example<wbr/>.com]</span>

If the path is only a slash (/) it is not displayed in the link text:

  • {{URL2|https://www.example.com/}}www.example.com
    <span class="url">[https://www.example.com/ www<wbr/>.example<wbr/>.com]</span>

The template also adds <wbr/> before any displayed slashes (/) in the path:

  • {{URL2|https://www.example.com/path}}www.example.com/path
    <span class="url">[https://www.example.com/path www<wbr/>.example<wbr/>.com<wbr/>/path]</span>

For a URL containing an equal sign (=), use |1=:

  • {{URL2|1=http://www.example.com/path?section=17}}www.example.com/path?section=17
    <span class="url">[http://www.example.com/path?section=17 www<wbr/>.example<wbr/>.com<wbr/>/path?section=17]</span>


The template wraps the displayed URL with class="url" so that it is included in any parent microformat which takes a URL parameter - see Wikipedia:WikiProject Microformats.

See also

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