How to extract actual addresses from hyperlinks in Excel?

Supposing you have a range of cells which contain hyperlinks, and now you need to see the real destination of the hyperlinks and extract them from the hyperlinks as following screenshot shown. Are there any easy ways to solve this problem quickly? This article will guide you to extract actual addresses from multiple hyperlinks.


arrow blue right bubble Extract actual addresses from hyperlinks with Edit Hyperlink feature

Here, the Edit Hyperlink function can help you extract the underlying URL for each of these hyperlinks and place that actual address into a different cell. You can do as this:

1. Select the cell with hyperlink and right-click, from the context menu, choose Edit Hyperlink, see screenshot:

2. And an Edit Hyperlink dialog box will be appeared, select and copy (Ctrl+C) the entire URL from the Address field of the dialog box.

3. Then close the dialog box and paste the actual address into any cell you want.

Note:With this method, you can extract only one hyperlink address each time, but if you have multiple hyperlinks need to be extracted, you need to apply this function repeatedly.


arrow blue right bubble Extract actual addresses from hyperlinks with VBA code

For a lot of hyperlinks, the above method will be tedious and time consuming, so the following VBA code can help you quickly extract multiple addresses from the hyperlinks at once.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

Sub Extracthyperlinks()
'Updateby Extendoffice
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
For Each Rng In WorkRng
    If Rng.Hyperlinks.Count > 0 Then
        Rng.Value = Rng.Hyperlinks.Item(1).Address
    End If
Next
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run the code, and a dialog pops out for you to select the hyperlinks that you want to extract the real addresses, see screenshot:

4. Then click OK, and the selected cell contents have been converted to the real hyperlink addresses in the original range. See screenshots:


arrow blue right bubble Extract actual addresses from hyperlinks with User Definde Function

The following User Defined Function also can extract the actual URl from the hyperlinks.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

Function GetURL(pWorkRng As Range) As String
'Updateby Extendoffice
    GetURL = pWorkRng.Hyperlinks(1).Address
End Function

3. Save the code and close the window, select a blank cell to type this formula =GetURL(A2) (A2 is the cell that the hyperlink in), and press Enter button. You can see the real hyperlink address is extracted.


arrow blue right bubble Extract actual addresses from hyperlinks with Kutools for Excel quickly and easily

Here is a handy tool, called Kutools for Excel, with its Convert Hyperlinks feature, you can quickly deal with the following operations:

  • Extract actual addresses from hyperlinks;
  • Convert url text to clickable hyperlinks.
Kutools for Excel : with more than 300 handy Excel add-ins, free to try with no limitation in 30 days.

If you have installed Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the range which contains the hyperlinks need extracting.

2. Click Kutools > Link > Convert Hyperlinks, see screenshot:

3. In the Convert Hyperlinks dialog box, select Hyperlinks addresses replace cell contents option, and click doc-button1 button from Result range to specify a cell to put the result.

4. And then click OK, the actual addresses have been extracted from the hyperlinks. See screenshot:

Note: If you want to put the actual addresses to the original range, please check Convert source range.

Click Convert Hyperlinks to know more about this feature.

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arrow blue right bubble Demo: Extract actual addresses from hyperlinks with Kutools for Excel

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Related article:

How to convert url text to clickable hyperlink in Excel?


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    Thankful · 4 months ago
    Thanks for the " Extract actual addresses from hyperlinks with VBA code" VBA and clear instructions. It worked great for me.
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    apodsim@gmail.com · 1 years ago
    Trying to save time creating multiple Hyperlinks and hoped this program would help with the task. I have combined several columns containing text into a single cell and then used the Edit/Link to create a working URL. Is there a tool to modify the URL to display text characters of the URL.
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    sujan9991@gmail.com · 2 years ago
    Hi, How to do the same in google sheets
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      skyyang · 2 years ago
      hello, sujan,
      To extract all real addresses from hyperlinks in Google sheets, the following script code can help you:

      function linkURL(reference) {
      var sheet = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSheet();
      var formula = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveRange().getFormula();
      var args = formula.match(/=\w+\((.*)\)/i);
      try {
      var range = sheet.getRange(args[1]);
      }
      catch(e) {
      throw new Error(args[1] + ' is not a valid range');
      }
      var formulas = range.getFormulas();
      var output = [];
      for (var i = 0; i < formulas.length; i++) {
      var row = [];
      for (var j = 0; j < formulas[0].length; j++) {
      var url = formulas[i][j].match(/=hyperlink\("([^"]+)"/i);
      row.push(url ? url[1] : '');
      }
      output.push(row);
      }
      return output
      }

      After copying and pasting the above code, go back to your sheet, and apply this formula:=linkURL(A2).
      Please try it, hope it can help you, thank you!
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        sujan9991@gmail.com · 2 years ago
        Hi,thank you for reply. I'm getting following error. and LinkUrl is not detecting as function
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          skyyang · 2 years ago
          Hi, sujan,
          The script code is worked correctly in my google sheet, see screenshot:
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            sujan9991@gmail.com · 2 years ago
            Hi Can you share with me a sample link please. The function is not detecting in my file
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              skyyang · 2 years ago
              Hi,
              Can you give your email account, and i will share the file with you!
              Thank you!
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                sujan9991@gmail.com · 2 years ago
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                  skyyang · 2 years ago
                  Sujan, I have shared the file with you, please check.
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    Victor Nieto · 2 years ago
    Thanks!!!!!
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    Neeks · 2 years ago
    Ah, amazing! Thank you!
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    sei · 3 years ago
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    Stephanie · 3 years ago
    You have no idea how much time you saved me!!!
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    Seocheckout.com · 4 years ago
    Very nice tool! I converted 16K+ links. Tool worked fast and flawless.
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    Alex T · 4 years ago
    Thanks so much!


    Saved me big time of having to do 800+ of these cells!
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    Nimrod · 4 years ago
    For some reason this doesn't work for me.
    I created the defined function just as you described, but it doesn't do anything :\
    I also want to merge it with the Hyperlink function, like so:
    =HYPERLINK(=getURL(A1), [A1])

    So that the final result will copy A1's URL and display it as A1's text string (i.e. just copy A1 to another cell, including both its text and hyperlink. A simple thing which Excel doesn't seem to be able to do for some reason...).
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    Zach Solomon-Beloin · 4 years ago
    This saved me a ton of time! I extracted 500 profile IDs from 500+ names linked to their profiles. This code worked extremely well and was easy to follow. Thanks so much!
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    AJITA · 5 years ago
    Superb! reduced my work to less than a minute.
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    Tj · 5 years ago
    thanks for saving me 15mins
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    Arun Kumar · 5 years ago
    This is the first ever macro based excel tip that worked for me. Thank you very much for making the lives of excel dummies better.
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    Monica · 5 years ago
    Thank you so much :lol: I used the VBA method and it worked like a charm in Excel 365 on a Windows 8.1 OS
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    chris · 5 years ago
    thanks a ton. like everyone else here. this is very helpful and easy.
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    Eva · 5 years ago
    Super! So easy. Thanks!
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