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ENCODEURL function

Table of contents
  1. Syntax
  2. Examples

The ENCODEURL function returns a URL-encoded string, replacing certain non-alphanumeric characters with the percentage symbol (%) and a hexadecimal number.

  • The ENCODEURL function is available in Excel 2013 and later. Before Excel 2013, click here.
  • The ENCODEURL function is not available in Excel for the web or Excel for Mac.
  • The ENCODEURL function may appear in Excel for Mac's function gallery, but it relies on Windows operating system features, so it will not return results on Mac.

Syntax

ENCODEURL(text)

The ENCODEURL function syntax has the following argument.

Argument Description
Text Required. A string to be URL encoded

Examples

Here is a simple example, which references an Excel file on a Microsoft SharePoint server.

=ENCODEURL("http://contoso.sharepoint.com/Finance/Profit and Loss Statement.xlsx")

Which results in:

http%3A%2F%2Fcontoso.sharepoint.com%2FFinance%2FProfit%20and%20Loss%20Statement.xlsx

You can also use the ENCODEURL function in conjunction with the WEBSERVICE function.

For example, you can use the markitondemand.com API service to return information about a company stock:

=WEBSERVICE("http://dev.markitondemand.com/MODApis/Api/Quote/xml?symbol="&ENCODEURL(C2))

Where you have a stock ticker in cell C2.

You can then use the FILTERXML function to extract specific data about that stock. For example, to get the Last Price of the stock ticker in cell C2, you can use:

=FILTERXML(WEBSERVICE("http://dev.markitondemand.com/MODApis/Api/Quote/xml?symbol="&ENCODEURL(C2)),"//QuoteApiModel/Data/LastPrice")

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