Chrome add the http:// when I copy address from addressbar, i often paste the address to console, to ping or ssh, it is possible to copy only hostname from addressbar ? How to switch off that feature in chrome and also in firefox ? I also like solution that will allow to unhide http:// in addressbar, so i can select domain without it.

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While I am not sure you can force Google Chrome to stop prepending protocol when copying addresses from your addressbar, it seems that it is quite straightforward to actually force the browser to display that trimmed portion of the URL in the address bar, making it possible to copy just the domain or IP in question, without protocol being prepended. To do that, you need to right-click the address bar and enable the "Always Show Full URLs" option.

  • finally! they made this :)
    – zb'
    Aug 7, 2023 at 21:13

Bit of a hack as well, however I simply click in the toolbar, press the Home key, press Space, then press Shift+End and Ctrl+C.

So basically, just add a space to the start. Most commands don't even care if you keep the space in the parameters.

  • I like this simple fix.
    – Liam
    Sep 28, 2015 at 16:25
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    That's the workaround I use. Looking for a fix like the FireFox flag "browser.urlbar.trimURLs;false" but apparently Google knows better us what we should want in a browser.
    – TecBrat
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:11
  • Another thing crossed my mind last night, and I tried it this morning. Just click the address (omni) bar hold CTRL tap "XV" (or "AXV" if it does not fully highlight.) and the full URL will appear in the address bar so you can copy whatever you need out of it.
    – TecBrat
    Jun 9, 2016 at 13:48

If you want Firefox to permanently show http in the adress bar:

  1. go to about:config
  2. search for the option browser.urlbar.trimURLs
  3. set it to false

I don't use Chrome, but there is this question: Make chrome put http:// in the browser

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    I would kill for that feature in google chrome...
    – NickSoft
    Apr 11, 2013 at 15:50
  • lol this should be added surely
    – Meetai.com
    Jun 29, 2014 at 11:31

I use the following javascript snippet in Google Chrome to get the hostname and copy it to clipboard. I just tested it in Google Chrome.

You can create a bookmark int the Bookmarks Bar, name it GetHostname and paste the following javascript code into the "URL" part of the bookmark:

    function executeCopy(text) {
        var input = document.createElement('textarea');
        input.value = text;
  • Nice solution, but input.focus() causes the page to scroll to the bottom. It's unnecessary, at least for me - the text gets copied without it.
    – EM0
    Jul 7, 2019 at 12:50
  • fantastic!!! This is a really nice quick fix
    – Andy
    Feb 19, 2020 at 10:07

This is pretty awful that chrome needs it, but you can use this addon to copy the host by clicking a button: http://chrisiona.com/post/122938597943/hostcopy-google-chrome-extension

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    I wonder how many people have coded a workaround to the problems caused by the chrome dev team removing the protocol from the url bar and putting in the crappy insert-http-when-copying code. They must have absolutely no knowledge of automated testing if they thought this was a good idea.
    – Underverse
    Apr 4, 2016 at 2:27
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    @Underverse probably lots. But then again, Google has legendarily bad UX design, so it shouldn't be surprising.
    – user428517
    Mar 16, 2017 at 17:15

Warning: Total hack response…

If you highlight the left-most character of the domain name, Chrome automatically adds on the http:// because its implicit in the address. If you highlight and copy all but the first character, you don't get that issue (and need to re-add it in the command).

However as hacks go, I find it easier to do the above (highlight, Ctrl+C, terminal, type first char, Ctrl+V) than to remove the http:// myself.

Others may have better solutions.

  • 1
    I using the same trick, but it ugly, i just found myself today in terrible user environment, so got several questions that i collected last 2-3 years :)
    – zb'
    Nov 9, 2012 at 15:42
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    @eicto: Make a list of links to these questions and open a google chrome issue/feature request: support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95315
    – NickSoft
    Apr 11, 2013 at 15:41
  • @NickSoft - FWIW, people have been complaining since this was checked in (well over 3 years ago) to no avail, so I'm not sure 1 more will make a difference. It's an interest read, though: code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=41467 Aug 20, 2013 at 3:24
  • Yes, I know. However most people do not take actions. One more is not a big deal, but many more is. I guess google measure in %. If most of the people do not complain, then they are ok with it. I guess most people think that they won't make a difference and that's why they don't complain.
    – NickSoft
    Sep 4, 2013 at 18:59

Where is the answer? The suggestion with Home button doesn't work anymore.

While reading all not working answers (I don't need host? for what? if people copy url, they need full url..:), I made my own solution. Just click to address bar, then hold "Ctrl+Shift", then click "Right" and "Left", Voila. Then you can "Ctrl"+"C"...

  • btw, good idea,
    – zb'
    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:22
  • and what if i want to copy with my cursor? Mar 31, 2021 at 18:05

Chrome 83 will be adding the flag chrome://flags/#omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls

  1. Go to chrome://flags/#omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls .
  2. Click the drop-down menu on the right side of the flag to select 'Enabled'
  3. Restart the web browser.


  • 1
    has anyone found this flag? Currently running chrom v98 and i cannot locate this flag.
    – d0rf47
    Feb 25, 2022 at 20:41
  • yes, seems they removed it "you not need this" :)
    – zb'
    Mar 30, 2022 at 8:55

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