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 you can 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).
Type
Select the category type:
  • Category Match
    —Select
    Category Match
    to define a new custom category containing URLs matching all of the specified URL categories (a URL has to match all categories in the list).
  • URL List
    —Select
    URL List
    to add or import a list of URLs for the category. This category type also contains URLs added before PAN-OS 9.0.
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 disable (clear) this option, the URL category is available only to the
    Virtual System
    selected in the
    Objects
    tab.
  • Every device group on Panorama. If you disable (clear) this option, the URL category is 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 disabled 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
    Add
    URLs, only one per row. Each URL can be in the format “www.example.com” or can include wildcards, such as “*.example.com”. For additional information on supported formats, see Block List in Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering.
  • Import
    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 supported formats, see Block List in Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering.
  • Export
    Export
    custom URL entries included in the list (exported as a text file).
  • Delete
    Delete
    an entry to remove the URL from the list.
To delete a custom category that you 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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