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Let's say I open a webpage with some Unicode characters, say, Cyrillic, in the address like this:

http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Функциональная_закреплённость

When I try to copy it from the address bar somewhere else, it becomes unreadable rubbish:

http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D1%83%D0%BD%D0%BA%D1%86%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%BA%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BF%D0%BB%D1%91%D0%BD%D0%BD%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8C

I guess this is for compatibility. However for readability I want to copy it straight away with proper Unicode characters.

What and how should I tweak to make that possible?

Edit: The answers are good, but they are hacky. Are there any settings in about:config?

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The setting was replaced with browser.urlbar.decodeURLsOnCopy in Firefox 53+. Set it to true.

For copying in Firefox on Android see https://android.stackexchange.com/q/224951/17612

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    It works only in url-bar, if I just copy link from web-page and past – I still get %-things. Does Firefox have addon like Chrome's? – stegetsj Feb 23 '19 at 12:45
  • @stegetsj I'm not aware of such extension, unfortunately. I don't think I'll use it but if you find one and post it as a separate answer I'll definitely upvote it. – int_ua May 13 at 5:50
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Try setting the network.standard-url.escape-utf8 option via about:config.

Possible values and their effects:

  • true - Escape UTF-8 URLs. (Default)
  • false - Do not escape UTF-8 URLs.
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Yes, browsers do that -- it's URL encoding and actually a quite useful thing.

I see two choices

  1. Copy only a fragment of the URL, it will not be URL encoded.

  2. Decode the URL encoding. In Unix, you can open a terminal, and type

    echo -n -e "$(echo http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D1%83%D0%BD%D0%BA%D1%86%D0%B8%DB0%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%8F_%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%BA%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BF%D0%BB%D1%91%D0%BD%D0%BD%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8C | sed 's/+/ /g;s/%\(..\)/\\x\1/g;')"
    
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    This should be the default answer. – Jeanno Apr 20 '17 at 2:42
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    Your idea regarding copying a part of the URL is extremely helpful! (especially because on my FF v50.0, the about:config setting did not change anything). Regarding the second option you wrote, Is there a command for Windows users too? – spaceman Jul 1 '17 at 9:33
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It's not rubbish, it's URL encoded. However here's the trick:
You can edit the URL in the address bar (by adding and then removing a character), and the copy-pasting should preserve the encoding.

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  • Why the downvote? oO – m4573r Sep 28 '12 at 8:56
  • Interesting "trick". Seems to work in Firefox v.32, however unfortunately not in Chromium v.37 (~ Google Chrome). Or does it? – nutty about natty Sep 9 '14 at 13:28
  • @nuttyaboutnatty works for me in Chromium 76. – Ruslan Oct 15 '19 at 13:32
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Use this key sequence to copy UTF-8 URL:

Ctrl-L, Home(or End), Space(or a letter/symbol), Backspace, Ctrl-L, Ctrl-C
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  1. Copy the URL from the address bar

  2. Paste it here.

  3. Press the Decode button.

  4. Copy the decoded URL and use it elsewhere.

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    Too complex to just copy the URL by Ctrl+L, Ctrl+C without touching the pointing device. – Aleksey F. Sep 9 '16 at 7:06
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firefox quantum 62.0

about:config

browser.urlbar.decodeURLsOnCopy: true
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