Regex: Parse URL

Regex: Parse URL String

Explore the query with some demo data here.


URL strings are a very valuable source of information, but trying to get your regex exactly right is a pain.
This re-usable snippet can be applied to any URL to extract the exact part you’re after.

   REGEXP_EXTRACT(<url>, r'(?:[a-zA-Z]+://)?([a-zA-Z0-9-.]+)/?') as host,
   REGEXP_EXTRACT(<url>, r'(?:[a-zA-Z]+://)?(?:[a-zA-Z0-9-.]+)/{1}([a-zA-Z0-9-./]+)') as path,
   REGEXP_EXTRACT(<url>, r'\?(.*)') as query,
   REGEXP_EXTRACT(<url>, r'#(.*)') as ref,
   REGEXP_EXTRACT(<url>, r'^([a-zA-Z]+)://') as protocol


  • <url> is your URL string (e.g. ""
  • host is the domain name (e.g.
  • path is the page path on the website (e.g. pricing/details)
  • query is the string of query parameters in the url (e.g. myparam1=123)
  • ref is the reference or where the user came from before visiting the url (e.g. #newsfeed)
  • protocol is how the data is transferred between the host and server (e.g. https)


To use, just copy out the regex for whatever part of the URL you need. Or capture them all as in the example below:

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