When I do a Google search like http://google.ru/search?q=superuser+stackexchange and then hover the first link with mouse in Chromium or Firefox, the browsers show https://superuser.com in the status bar. However, if I click on the link or copy it to clipboard, I invariably get the true URL, which is quite different:


Even such seemingly simple browser as Midori has this "feature". But e.g. Dillo is more truthful, so I suppose the browsers do have some means of knowing the actual URL, and it should be very simple.

How can I make Chromium and Firefox show me real URL instead of the "final" or whatever that short URL is?


This is actually a feature of the Google search results page. https://superuser.com is the “true” URL: that’s what Google links to until you click. As you click the button, javascript swaps out the link with a new link, just before your browser follows the link.

  • Does it? As I mentioned, much more simple browser, Dillo, shows me the long version. – Ruslan Mar 22 '17 at 11:17
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    Possibly Google gives it the long version in the first place, because they know it's not clever enough to swap out the URLs? – TRiG Mar 22 '17 at 11:20
  • Actually it appears that if I turn off JavaScript, the URL displayed is indeed the long version. So this is the reason why Dillo shows it: it doesn't support JavaScript. – Ruslan Mar 22 '17 at 11:23

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