Objects > Custom Objects > URL Category

Use the custom URL category page to create your custom list of URLs and use it in a URL filtering profile or as match criteria in policy rules. In a custom URL category, you can add URL entries individually, or import a text file that contains a list of URLs.
URL entries added to custom categories are case insensitive.
The following table describes the custom URL settings:
Custom URL Category Settings
Description
Name
Enter a name to identify the custom URL category (up to 31 characters). This name displays in the category list when defining URL filtering policies and in the match criteria for URL categories in policy rules. The name is case-sensitive and must be unique. Use only letters, numbers, spaces, hyphens, and underscores.
Description
Enter a description for the URL category (up to 255 characters).
Shared
Select this option if you want the URL category to be available to:
  • Every virtual system (vsys) on a multi-vsys firewall. If you clear this selection, the URL category will be available only to the
    Virtual System
    selected in the
    Objects
    tab.
  • Every device group on Panorama. If you clear this selection, the URL category will be available only to the
    Device Group
    selected in the
    Objects
    tab.
Disable override (
Panorama only
)
Select this option to prevent administrators from overriding the settings of this custom URL object in device groups that inherit the object. This selection is cleared by default, which means administrators can override the settings for any device group that inherits the object.
Sites
Manage sites for the custom URL category (each URL added or imported can have a maximum of 255 characters).
  • Add
    —Click
    Add
    to enter URLs, only one in each row. Each URL can be in the format “www.example.com” or can include wildcards, such as “*.example.com”. For additional information on formats supported, see Block List in Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering.
  • Import
    —Click
    Import
    and browse to select the text file that contains the list of URLs. Enter only one URL per row. Each URL can be in the format “www.example.com” or can include wildcards, such as “*.example.com”. For additional information on formats supported, see Block List in Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering.
  • Export
    —Click
    Export
    to export the custom URL entries included in the list. The URLs are exported as a text file.
  • Delete
    —Select an entry and click
    Delete
    to remove the URL from the list.
To delete a custom category that you have used in a URL filtering profile, you must set the action to None before you can delete the custom category. See Category actions in Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering.

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