I'm not sure if this is possible, but I want to type in foo, hit enter, and be directed to bar.com.


You can achieve that by taking advantage of the Custom search engines feature in Google Chrome to create simple URL shortcuts. Even though it should be used to create shortcuts for custom search engines, you can use it to create shortcuts to any URL.

  1. Right-click the address bar in Google Chrome and click Edit search engines... (or type chrome://settings/searchEngines in the address bar).

  2. In the Other search engines table, scroll down, and click the Add a new search engine empty box.

    • In the Add a new search engine box, type the name of the shortcut (i.e bar).
    • In the Keyword box, type the shortcut keyword (i.e foo).
    • In the URL with %s in place of query box, type the URL of the website (i.e http://bar.com).

Then, if you type the keyword foo in the address bar, a suggestion named bar will pop up, and by clicking Enter, you will be redirected to http://bar.com.

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    The %s parameter is very useful for webtools you use often. Example, set the keyword to ru (reddit user) and url to https://reddit.com/u/%s. Then to quickly expand to https://redditcom/u/fred, just type this in the address bar: ru fred – Donn Lee Apr 18 '18 at 19:32
  • I was searching for this "built-in" solution for several years. Thanks @amiregelz! ... For others, you might also start using Autohotkey and have a key combination opening your most used websites. – Avatar Apr 17 '20 at 8:51

You can use Requestly chrome+firefox extension to setup URL shortcuts.

Follow these steps:

  1. Install Requestly.
  2. Create a new Redirect Rule.
  3. Define Source & Destination as

    Request Url -> Contains -> https://www.google.com/search?q=foo&
    Destination -> https://bar.com

Here is a screenshot setting up the rule:


You can also use Regex to redirect only on certain type of value that matches the regex. This answer written by founder of Requestly explains how you can use regex to redirect based on Regex Matches.


I found the gui solution to be inadequate,too many steps. It defeats the original purpose, which is to have a shortcut...I used a windows batch script and then created a shortcut on my desktop to the batch file...Probably you can do the same using linux batch, though the location of the executable will be different. If you add the path of the chrome executable to your system variables you won't need the first two lines.


cd Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application&

chrome "http://yoururl/"

Its useful if your development environment requires you to use chrome but you prefer to do all your research in Firefox

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