Is there a restriction on the size of a URL/Query string?

Posted on 2001-08-02
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

I have come across web servers that truncate the query parameters present in the url (e.g. if the whole string exceeds a size limit?

Is there any such limit in HTTP protocol, if yes what is the limit and where is it defined?  Has anybody experienced such stuff?  Is it a browser problem, if yes, do IE and NN both do that?

I would really appreciate a quick response.


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>>I have come across web servers that truncate the query parameters present in the url (e.g. if the
whole string exceeds a size limit?

You mean those parameter that append after the url. Those are the GET method of posting a value from a form. IMHO it doesnt have limitation in that.

>>Is it a browser problem, if yes, do IE and NN both do that?
I dont think it is due to the browser, but what version you are using. BUt it is wise to upgrade to IE 5.5 SP1 for some fixes here. But i dont think this is related to your problem.

WEll i guess this might be due to the page that visited. If you doesnt have any problem with other pages that has similiar way of posting their form, then it is back to the page earlier


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It helps to know what the environment is in terms of OS and version, Browsers in use and versions.

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Sorry for being quiet for sometime.  As far as the OS, web server, browser version is concerned, we have to support all NN4+ and IE4+ on all platforms (i.e. winnt, win2k, solaris, ibm aix, mac pcc etc.) so that's not gonna help you at all.  For web server, however, we are supporting web logic and web sphere.  I have heard that the web servers have limits on the query size but that limit is very large so I am guessing that our bottle neck in this case will be the browser.  I haven't found any information regarding that.  I have come across some information that says that IE restrcits the url size to 3k but haven't heard a confirmation on it.

I really appreciate all of your help in this regard.  If I don't get anything in the next few days, I guess I'll just take out the question to avoid wasting your time on it.

Thank you very much all of you who have responded.


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