I came across this URL (NSFW) and need to convert this to puny code.

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As an experiment, I'll paste this URL here, but not sure if this will save.

http://πŸ’πŸ΅πŸ±πŸ‹πŸŽ©πŸ£πŸ•πŸŠ.πŸ•πŸ’©.ws/ (NSFW)

How can I convert this URL to a standard DNS name so I can whois the IP space?

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    Susan sounds like a nice girl though. Oct 5, 2016 at 12:03
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    This is the Short URL :- http://xn--ki8hb4a5cudxa08a01a.xn--vi8hiv.ws/ and this is the long URL :- http://trk.egtcashtrk.com/aff_c?offer_id=48&aff_id=4348&aff_sub=akash (The message you got was spam, because this links to a dating site.) Oct 5, 2016 at 14:40
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    The link in the question currently redirects to an NSFW page without warning. Oct 5, 2016 at 22:09
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    @Don'tRoothereplz... I think it was pretty obvious the message was spam, even without following the link, don't you?
    – user253751
    Oct 6, 2016 at 6:09
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    In an ironic twist, your SU question has probably driven more traffic to this "dating" site than the spammers could have hoped for. Or maybe you were in on the whole thing...
    – nispio
    Oct 6, 2016 at 19:52

5 Answers 5


In this case, the domain is "πŸ•πŸ’©.ws" (xn--vi8hiv.ws). This is a free link "shortener" that can turn any link into emojis. It's free and available at http://linkmoji.parseapp.com

In this case, the translation punycode as Steffen mentioned won't help you, because you just get the domain/ips of this free service.

You need to check the redirects using e.g. curl or your browser's developer tools.

In Chrome's developer tools, it could look like this: Chrome developer tools network panel after opening the URL

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    I'm absolutely blown away and horrified that such a service exists. When I read the title of this question I thought "Surely this is some xkcd-style humor" but no... it's a real thing. Next thing you know people are going to figure out how to encode their social media accounts into selfies or some other bizarre internet hack.
    – thanby
    Oct 5, 2016 at 18:51
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    @thanby already done, google.co.uk/…
    – Tim
    Oct 5, 2016 at 22:41
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    @thanby and also fb messenger does it with your profile picture: imgur.com/a/iJeLE
    – Tim
    Oct 5, 2016 at 22:47
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    @thanby the essence of xkcd-style humor (and the internet in general) is that someone is bound to make it reality (if it isn't already) Oct 6, 2016 at 0:31
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    @thanby At the risk of further derailing this post: Mastercard is looking to roll out "pay-by-selfie" by the end of the year. Let's face it, we're growing old.
    – Lilienthal
    Oct 10, 2016 at 10:40

This is a two-step process, which involved a bit of trial and error in finding the right URL un-shorteners.

First of all, I tried a bunch of URL-unshorteners on the emoji-URL, until I found one that worked.

Unshorten.me turned




Unfortunately, I wasn't able to feed that back to itself; it looped back to that same URL.

But Unshorten.it, which choked on the emoji, could handle this URL perfectly well and told me it pointed to


The description it found for that site contains some words that are NSFW, so I won't repeat it here, but it's obviously spam to say the least, and possibly dodgy in other ways as well.

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    Are you sure Unshorten.It! works? On trying, It just gave me a long Please Wait. Oct 5, 2016 at 17:24
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    Works for me, but on the second URL, the one returned by the first step.
    – SQB
    Oct 5, 2016 at 17:37
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    I don't think you need the description to tell what kind of site http://getlaid-xxxhoookupnow.com is.
    – anon
    Oct 6, 2016 at 17:01
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    @QPaysTaxes Looks like it might have something to do with finding a place to put your RV(?) hookups?
    – Michael
    Oct 7, 2016 at 2:14

You need to convert it to punycode which is the ASCII representation of the name. This can be done for example online at punycoder.com and many programming languages have the necessary libraries if you want to convert it inside a program.


This is amazing! I had no idea you can use emojis in a URL, even though I'm a web developer! The other answer are great, but I found Unfurlr to work well. It allows you to see where something goes, without setting cookies in your browser, and without exposing you to a virus or drive-by-download as you would if you view it in your browser. It also shows you headers and scripts and contents if you need to safely inspect it more closely.




Just past the URL in the address bar of Firefox browser, it will show you the ASCII form automatically:

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I'd expect other modern browsers to have similar behaviour, but I didn't actually test those.

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