Get the current URL of the page that is currently active.




Correct Usage

cy.url() // Yields the current URL as a string


options (Object)

Pass in an options object to change the default behavior of cy.url().

cy.url( options )

decodefalseDecode URL
logtrueDisplays the command in the Command log
timeoutdefaultCommandTimeoutTime to wait for cy.url() to resolve before timing out


  • cy.url() 'yields the current URL as a string'


No Args

Assert the URL is http://localhost:8000/users/1/edit

// clicking the anchor causes the browser to follow the link
cy.get('#user-edit a').click()
cy.url().should('include', '/users/1/edit') // => true
cy.url().should('eq', 'http://localhost:8000/users/1/edit') // => true

decode option

When the URL contains non-ASCII characters, use the decode option.

// For the curious, '사랑' means 'love' in Korean.
cy.url({ decode: true }).should('contain', '사랑')


Href Shorthand

URL is an alias for cy.location('href')

cy.url() uses href under the hood.

cy.url() // these yield the same string
cy.location('href') // these yield the same string


URL versus href

Given the remote URL, http://localhost:8000/index.html, all 3 of these assertions are the same.

cy.location('href').should('include', '/index.html')

cy.location().its('href').should('include', '/index.html')

cy.url().should('include', '/index.html')

href and toString come from the window.location spec.

But you may be wondering where the URL property comes from. Per the window.location spec, there actually isn't a URL property on the location object.

cy.url() exists because it's what most developers naturally assume would return them the full current URL. We almost never refer to the URL as an href.

Hardcoded versus using the configuration object

Instead of hard-coding the URL used in the assertion, we recommend you define a baseUrl in your Cypress configuration. For more details on why, see our Best Practices guide on setting a global baseUrl.

Given the remote URL, http://localhost:8000/index.html, and the baseUrl, http://localhost:8000, these assertions are the same.

cy.url().should('eq', 'http://localhost:8000/index.html')
cy.url().should('eq', Cypress.config().baseUrl + '/index.html') // tests won't fail in case the port changes

Assert that the url contains "#users/new"

cy.url().should('contain', '#users/new')



  • cy.url() requires being chained off of cy .


  • cy.url() will automatically retry until all chained assertions have passed


  • cy.url() can time out waiting for assertions you've added to pass.

Command Log

The commands above will display in the Command Log as:

Command Log url

When clicking on URL within the Command Log, the console outputs the following:

Console Log url


8.4.0decode option added
< 0.3.3cy.url() command added

See also