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This examples illustrates how you can extract component parts of a URL using the following functions:

  • DOMAIN - extracts the domain value from a URL. See DOMAIN Function.
  • SUBDOMAIN - extracts the first group after the protocol identifier and before the domain value. See SUBDOMAIN Function.
  • HOST - returns the complete value of the host from an URL. See HOST Function.
  • SUFFIX - extracts the suffix of a URL. See SUFFIX Function.
  • URLPARAMS - extracts the query parameters and values from a URL. See URLPARAMS Function.
  • FILTEROBJECT - filters an Object value to show only the elements for a specified key. See FILTEROBJECT Function.


Your dataset includes the following values for URLs:



When the above data is imported into the application, the column is recognized as a URL. All values are registered as valid, even the IPv4 address.

To extract the domain and subdomain values:

derive type:single value: DOMAIN(URL) as: 'domain_URL'

derive type:single value: SUBDOMAIN(URL) as:'subdomain_URL'

derive type:single value: HOST(URL) as:host_URL'

derive type:single value: SUFFIX(URL) as:'suffix_URL'

You can use the Trifacta® pattern in the following transform to extract protocol identifiers, if present, into a new column:

extract col:URL on:`{start}%*://`

To clean this up, you might want to rename the column to protocol_URL.

To extract the path values, you can use the following regular expression:

NOTE: Regular expressions are considered a developer-level method for pattern matching. Please use them with caution. See Text Matching.

extract col: URL on: /[^*:\/\/]\/.*$/

The above transform grabs a little too much of the URL. If you rename the column to path_URL, you can use the following regular expression to clean it up:

extract col:path_URL on:/[!^\/].*$/

Delete the path_URL column and rename the path_URL1 column to the deleted one. Then:

derive type:single value: URLPARAMS(URL) as: 'urlParams'

If you wanted to just see the values for the q1 parameter, you could add the following:

derive type:single value: FILTEROBJECT(urlParams,'q1') as: 'urlParam_q1'



For display purposes, the results table has been broken down into separate sets of columns.

Column set 1:


Column set 2:

URLprotocol_URLsubdomain_URLdomain_URLsuffix_URL wwwexamplecom  examplecom www.appexamplecom www.some.appexamplecom some.appexamplecom someexamplecom  examplecom

Column set 3:

URLurlParamsurlParam_q1{"q1":"broken record"}{"q1":"broken record"}{"query":"khakis","app":"pants"}{"q1":"broken record", "q2":"broken tape",
"q3":"broken wrist"}
{"q1":"broken record"}

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