I copy-paste Gedit-hash (#) in a part of filepath into internet browser to read PDF file unsuccessfully: no file found with Gedit-hash symbol. Inputing there directly the hash symbol from the keyboard is consireded correct. Copy-pasting the gedit-hash to Vim shows Ascii 035 correctly, also tested on the ASCII tool here. Example filepath misinterpreted in Internet browser where # expands to %23 wrongly



  1. Copy the filepath to Gedit
  2. Copy the filepath from Gedit
  3. Paste the filepath to any internet browser
  4. Output: # symbol is expanded to %23

Methods inserting filepath which are correctly interpreted

  • type hash directly to the internet browser field

OS: Debian 8.7
Internet browsers: Google Chrome 58.0.x, Firefox latest


UNIX filenames are not URLs.

You can see that '#' is not interpreted in unix filenames, but it is in URLs.

$ ls '/home/masi/Documents/Edition.pdf#page=605'
ls: cannot access '/home/masi/Documents/Edition.pdf#page=605': No such file or directory
$ curl '/home/masi/Documents/Edition.pdf#page=605'
curl: (3) <url> malformed
$ curl 'file:///home/masi/Documents/Edition.pdf#page=605'
curl: (37) Couldn't open file /home/masi/Documents/Edition.pdf

Firefox is applying the correct escaping, to protect the filename character # from being interpreted as delimiting a fragment in the URL.

  • How can you prevent such a behaviour? I want to use my internet browser to read documents. – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Jun 13 '17 at 13:50
  • @LéoLéopoldHertz준영 Use URLs. – sourcejedi Jun 13 '17 at 13:51
  • Documents are in my filesystem. – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Jun 13 '17 at 13:51
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    @LéoLéopoldHertz준영 file:/// URLs. – sourcejedi Jun 13 '17 at 13:51

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