JavaScript - decode url characters

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In this short article, we would like to show how in JavaScript, use decodeURIComponent() function to decode escaped unsafe characters in some URLs.

Hint: to know more about what characters are encoded/decoded read this article

Quick solution:

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

const message = 'Hi!%20This%20is%20some%20message...';
const decodedMessage = decodeURIComponent(message);

console.log(decodedMessage );  // Hi! This is some message...


  • message value could be located in some URL:!%20This%20is%20some%20message...
  • message value can be extracted using:
    • String split() method (link here),
    • RegExp class (documentation link here),
    • built-in URL class (documentation link here),
    • some custom library (e.g query-string library).


More examples

In this section, you will find some example characters that must be encoded, and those that are not.

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

// Not encoded/decoded characters:

console.log(decodeURIComponent(`0123456789`));                  // 0123456789
console.log(decodeURIComponent(`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz`));  // abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
console.log(decodeURIComponent(`~!*-_.'()`));                   // ~!*-_.'()

// some encoded/decoded characters:

console.log(decodeURIComponent(`%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC`));                          // 日本
console.log(decodeURIComponent(`%D0%A0%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%81%D0%B8%D1%8F`));        // Россия
console.log(decodeURIComponent(`%C4%85%C4%87%C4%99%C5%82%C5%84%C3%B3%C5%9B%C5%BA%C5%BC`)); // ąćęłńóśźż
console.log(decodeURIComponent(`%40%3A%2F%3F%23%26%3D`));                       // @:/?#&=
console.log(decodeURIComponent(`%F0%9F%9A%80%F0%9F%8D%8F%F0%9F%8D%8C`));        // 🚀🍏🍌
console.log(decodeURIComponent(`%E2%9D%A4%EF%B8%8F%F0%9F%92%BB%F0%9F%99%82`));  // ❤️💻🙂
console.log(decodeURIComponent(`%20%09%0A`));                                   //  \t\n

See also

  1. JavaScript - escape / encode url characters

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