I am trying to write an URL using breakurl, that includes an accented character. I am trying to use pdflatex with utf8 inputenc (also tried utf8x). But I can't get a decent result.

My best result is presented by this minimal working example:





The link is created correctly, but the text shown in the PDF is not the correct one (misses the non ascii characters).

Suggestions are welcome.

  • \detokenize will completely break pdflatex's handling of utf-8. Dec 18, 2017 at 16:20
  • Sure, but removing it doesn't help too.
    – Alberto
    Dec 18, 2017 at 16:26
  • Why do you need that? I don't think url with non-ascii characters are supported anywhere (feel free to correct me about this). Also there is no need to load url if you load hyperref.
    – Skillmon
    Dec 18, 2017 at 16:33
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    – user91669
    Dec 18, 2017 at 16:36
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    @Skillmon unfortunately unicode domains are out there, and they are a big danger for phishing, as there are ways to make similar looking urls pointing to different places. Look here: wordfence.com/blog/2017/04/chrome-firefox-unicode-phishing
    – Alberto
    Dec 18, 2017 at 16:41

2 Answers 2


There are at least two issues here. First, you need to switch to the 8-bit T1 encoding, or PDFTeX will by default use an even older 7-bit encoding for output. Second, hyperref declares its own \url command and does not seem to be compatible with \usepackage{url}.

The following workaround appeared to work for me:


\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % The default since 2018.

  • hyperref loads url and therefore these packages are compatible. But indeed loading url after hyperref does not make sense.
    – cabohah
    Feb 20 at 10:00

The following code works with xelatex:

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    Yep, unfortunately I needed to use pdflatex.
    – Alberto
    Dec 18, 2017 at 17:23

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