URI::Normalize - Normalize URIs according to RFC 3986


version 0.002


    use URI;
    use URI::Normalize qw( normalize_uri remove_dot_segments );
    my $uri = URI->new('HTTPS://');

    say normalize_uri($uri);       #>
    say remove_dot_segments($uri); #> HTTPS://


Section 6 of RFC 3986 describes a process of URI normalization. This implements syntax-based normalization and may include some schema-based and protocol-based normalization. This includes implementing the remove_dot_segments algorithm described in Section 5.2.3 of the RFC.

This has a number of useful applications in allowing URIs to be compared with fewer false negatives. For example, all of the following URIs will normalize to the same value:


That is, they will all be normalized into the last value.



    $normal_uri = normalize_uri($uri);
    $normal_uri = normalize_uri($str);

Given a URI object or a string, this routine basically just calls the canonical method and "remove_dot_segments" on the URI and returns the result as a URI object.

The original URI is left unchanged.


    $clean_path_uri = remove_dot_segments($uri);
    $clean_path_uri = remove_dot_segments($str);

Given a URI object or a string, this routine will remove dot segments (i.e, "." and "..") from the path of the URI.


As RFC 3986 notes, normalization is a tool used to help identify whether one URI is equivalent to another. This does not, however, imply that the resources identified by two URIs that are different byte-for-byte but normalize to the same value will be the same. For example, the presence of "/./" in the path might be significant to an implementation, or using octet-encoding (e.g., "%3a") instead of the character represented might represent a different actual resource. So use normalization judiciously.

This implementation of normalization is far from comprehensive. There are many normalizations you may wish to perform. In that case, you may want to look into URL::Normalize, which provides a more comprehensive list of normalizations, some of which go against the letter of RFC 3986, but can be valuable in certain applications.

This implementation does not include the full gamut of what is keeping with the letter of RFC 3986, but might be expanded to include additional normalizations in the future.

If you know of a normalization that could be implemented here: patches welcome.


Andrew Sterling Hanenkamp <>


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