January 15, 2023

What is URL or Link of any online video or File

A webpage's URL example

A URL, or uniform resource locator, is the address of a specific webpage or file on the internet. For example, the URL of the video you’re looking for would be the specific web page where that video can be found and played. URLs usually begin with “http” or “https” and contain the name of the website, such as “www.youtube.com” or “www.vimeo.com“, followed by additional information about the specific page or file.

For example, a video link on youtube is like this “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<video_id>” where <video_id> is the unique id of that video on youtube.

In addition to the basic structure of a URL or Link, there may also be additional information included in the address. For example, some URLs may include query parameters, which are used to specify additional information about the content being requested. For example, in a YouTube video link the query parameter ‘v’ is used to specify the video id of the video we want to watch.

For example, in the link “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ”, “youtube.com” is the website, “watch” is the page being requested, and “v=dQw4w9WgXcQ” is the query parameter indicating the specific video to be played.

It’s also important to note that URLs are case-sensitive, so it’s important to make sure that any capitalization in the URL is correct when typing it into a web browser or linking to it from another webpage.

Also, URLs can also be shortened using URL shortening services to make it more shareable and it’s also useful for tracking clicks on the link.