Remove tracking elements from URLs.
- Free • Open Source
- Google Chrome
What is ClearURLs?
This extension will automatically remove tracking elements from URLs to help protect your privacy when browse through the Internet.
Many websites use tracking elements in the URL (e.g. https://example.com?utm_source=newsletter1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sale) to mark your online activity. All that tracking code is not necessary for a website to be displayed or work correctly and can therefore be removed—that is exactly what ClearURLs does.
Another common example are Amazon URLs. If you search for a product on Amazon you will see a very long URL, such as: https://www.amazon.com/dp/exampleProduct/ref=sxin_0_pb?__mk_de_DE=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&keywords=tea&pd_rd_i=exampleProduct&pd_rd_r=8d39e4cd-1e4f-43db-b6e7-72e969a84aa5&pd_rd_w=1pcKM&pd_rd_wg=hYrNl&pf_rd_p=50bbfd25-5ef7-41a2-68d6-74d854b30e30&pf_rd_r=0GMWD0YYKA7XFGX55ADP&qid=1517757263&rnid=2914120011
Indeed most of the above URL is tracking code. Once ClearURLs has cleaned the address, it will look like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/exampleProduct
Why use this extension as opposed to similar ones? Most other “link cleaners” employ about a dozen rules when looking for tracking parameters to remove. ClearURLs utilizes over 130 rules, so its capabilities are more comprehensive. And ClearURLs is open source, so everyone can join in to the project and/or can check the source code to error or malicious code.
What do we collect? This extension protects and respects your privacy. We do not—and will never—collect any of your usage data.
What do I do if I have trouble? Visit our GitLab page or check out our wiki.
Write us... If have any suggestions or complaints, please contact us on GitLab.
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Easy way to improve online privacy without any effort
Cleans up URLs and makes web page connections a bit faster, works well and not redundant with other add-ons like uBlock Origin, deserves to be better known.
While you can add similar functionality to uBlock Origin and avoid this addon entirely, I've tested both and noticed ClearURLs generally produces better results. A must have for improved privacy and convenience for copying urls.
Underappreciated extension. It pairs well with any ad blocker and prevents URL tracking.
It cleans URLs from tracking queries improving your privacy and gives you the option to copy cleaned links.