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Encode ampersand (&) in URL for "Open URL", and prevent Alfred from encoding it a second time

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I'm passing a URL to "Open URL" to open. The URL has an ampersand that I want to encode, because otherwise it's treated as part of the URL's query string. However, when I encode it as %26, Alfred encodes that again, therefore making it %2526.


How can I stop Alfred from encoding it a second time?

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4 hours ago, vitor said:

How are you passing the URL? The Open URL object has checkboxes regarding what it encodes; untick what you don’t need.


I've attached a screenshot below. The checkboxes shouldn't matter since I'm using neither placeholder. In any case, I tested by unchecking them, and nothing changed.

Alfred - Open URL.png

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30 minutes ago, vitor said:

Please provide a short example workflow so I can better understand your issue and how to solve it.

I've attached the test workflow (in the next post)


Here are the issues:


  • %0A (for a newline) gets added to the end of the URL, when I thought Alfred should trim URLs before opening them.
  • it seems impossible to pass an ampersand as a query string, since Alfred replaces the %26 with %2526


As you can see, in the script, I open the URL 


But Alfred opens 



Edited by Gary King
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It is the newline which is causing the issue. You can verify this by using a Transform Utility to trim whitespace before passing it to the Open URL, or by appending | tr -d '\n' (which deletes newlines) to the command in the Run Script. You should be able to do the same by having the script not output a newline at the end. With that, the encoding works as expected.


I’ll think about it a bit and discuss internally but I’m betting this may be intentional (the Open URL object has existed for a long time). When faced with an entity which has to be encoded (the newline) but isn’t, it makes sense to assume the URL isn’t encoded.

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