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The decodeURI() function decodes a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) previously created by encodeURI() or by a similar routine.

Syntax

decodeURI(encodedURI)

Parameters

encodedURI
A complete, encoded Uniform Resource Identifier.

Return value

A new string representing the unencoded version of the given encoded Uniform Resource Identifier (URI).

Exceptions

Throws an URIError ("malformed URI sequence") exception when encodedURI contains invalid character sequences.

Description

Replaces each escape sequence in the encoded URI with the character that it represents, but does not decode escape sequences that could not have been introduced by encodeURI. The character “#” is not decoded from escape sequences.

Examples

Decoding a Cyrillic URL

decodeURI('https://developer.mozilla.org/ru/docs/JavaScript_%D1%88%D0%B5%D0%BB%D0%BB%D1%8B');
// "https://developer.mozilla.org/ru/docs/JavaScript_шеллы"

Catching errors

try { 
  var a = decodeURI('%E0%A4%A'); 
} catch(e) { 
  console.error(e); 
}

// URIError: malformed URI sequence

Specifications

Specification
ECMAScript (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'decodeURI' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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decodeURIChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support 5.5Opera Full support 7Safari Full support 1.1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support 10.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0nodejs Full support 0.1.100

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