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URL normalization settings

The Cloudflare dashboard provides the following settings to manage URL normalization:

  • Normalization type (default: RFC-3986)

  • Normalize incoming URLs (default: On)

    • Configures the URLs of all incoming traffic to Cloudflare:

      • When enabled, all incoming URLs are normalized before they pass to subsequent Cloudflare features that can receive a URL as input, such as Page Rules (deprecated), WAF custom rules, Workers, and Access.
      • When disabled, incoming URLs are not normalized before passing to subsequent Cloudflare features.
  • Normalize URLs to origin (default: Off)

    • Configures URLs sent to the origin:

      • When enabled, requests sent to the origin are normalized.
      • When disabled, requests sent to the origin are not modified.
    • You can only view and enable this option when Normalize incoming URLs is enabled.

For examples of how these settings affect URL normalization, refer to URL normalization examples.