URLStringGrabber v1.11
Copyright (c) 2010 - 2011 Nir Sofer

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URLStringGrabber is a small utility that scans all opened windows of Internet Explorer and grab the URLs stored in them, including clickable links, images, script files, CSS files, RSS feeds, and flash (.swf) files.

The URLs list is displayed in table, and you can easily export some of the URLs or the entire URLs list into text, csv, html, or xml file. You can also copy the URLs list into the clipboard and paste them into Excel or other spreadsheet application.

System Requirements

  • Any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 7.
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 - 8.0

Versions History

  • Version 1.11:
    • Fixed bug: URLStringGrabber crashed when trying to read empty html element.
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added option to choose which type of links you want to capture: Options -> URL Types
    • Added options to filter links according to number of characters in the URL and the description text. (In Advanced Options window)
    • Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option. When this option is turned on, the column names are added as the first line when you export to csv or tab-delimited file.
  • Version 1.00 - First version.

What about Firefox ?

I originally planned to create this tool for both Internet Explorer and Firefox. However, in order to access the opened Web pages of Firefox, Add-On must be installed on Firefox and then communicate with the main application to transfer the URLs information. This means that the development for Firefox is much more complex, and also requires to make an installation for the software, which I always prefer to avoid. This is the reason that for now, this tool only works with IE.

Using URLStringGrabber

URLStringGrabber doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to use it, simply open Internet Explorer with the desired Web sites, and then run URLStringGrabber.
URLStringGrabber will automatically scan the opened IE Windows, and then it'll display all URLs found in them. In order to scan the opened IE windows again, simply press F5 (refresh).

After URLStringGrabber grab the URLs list, you can select one or more items, and then use the 'Save Selected Items' option (CTRL+S) to save the desired URLs into text,csv,html, or XML file.

Command-Line Options

/stext <Filename> Save the list of URLs into a regular text file.
/stab <Filename> Save the list of URLs into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename> Save the list of URLs into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
/stabular <Filename> Save the list of URLs into a tabular text file.
/shtml <Filename> Save the list of URLs into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename> Save the list of URLs into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename> Save the list of URLs into XML file.
/sort <column> This command-line option can be used with other save options for sorting by the desired column. If you don't specify this option, the list is sorted according to the last sort that you made from the user interface. The <column> parameter can specify the column index (0 for the first column, 1 for the second column, and so on) or the name of the column, like "URL" and "URL Type". You can specify the '~' prefix character (e.g: "~URL Type") if you want to sort in descending order. You can put multiple /sort in the command-line if you want to sort by multiple columns.

URLStringGrabber.exe /shtml "f:\temp\urls.html" /sort 2 /sort ~1
URLStringGrabber.exe /shtml "f:\temp\urls.html" /sort "URL"

/nosort When you specify this command-line option, the list will be saved without any sorting.

Translating URLStringGrabber to other languages

In order to translate URLStringGrabber to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run URLStringGrabber with /savelangfile parameter:
    URLStringGrabber.exe /savelangfile
    A file named URLStringGrabber_lng.ini will be created in the folder of URLStringGrabber utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run URLStringGrabber, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run URLStringGrabber without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com

Download URLStringGrabber

URLStringGrabber is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of URLStringGrabber, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'urlstringgrabber_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed URLStringGrabber utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
DutchJan Verheijen02/07/20111.11
German «Latino» auf WinTotal.de12/03/20141.11
Greek geogeo.gr02/06/20111.10
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae)13/06/20131.11
RussianDmitry Yerokhin31/05/20111.10
Russian Romanovskij Valerij, Postavy09/07/20101.00
Simplified ChineseSandi15/07/20101.0
SlovakFrantišek Fico12/02/20171.11
Spanish arquer.net05/12/20101.00
TurkishHARUN ARI09/06/20111.11