Palo Alto Networks Knowledgebase: How to Create Custom URL Categories

How to Create Custom URL Categories

Created On 02/07/19 23:54 PM - Last Updated 02/07/19 23:55 PM


This document describes the steps to create a Custom URL Category list, use the list in a URL Filtering profile, and then applying the profile in a security policy.


  1. For PAN-OS 4.1 and 5.0, go to Objects > Custom URL Category and click Add
    For PAN-OS 6.0 and 6.1, 'Custom URL Category' has been renamed as 'URL Category' and moved under Objects > Custom Objects:
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  2. Fill in the Name, Description, and the URLs of the category members (one per line).
    Note: A list of URLs can also be imported from a file.

To apply the the custom category to a URL filtering profile:

  1. Go to Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering and click Add.
  2. Name the profile and select the custom category.
    Note: The newly created category appears in the Category list with an asterisk next to it.
  3. Optionally, add URLs to the Allow/Block lists as appropriate.

To apply the URL filtering profile in a security policy:

  1. Go to Policies > Security
  2. Select or create a security policy
  3. Select the custom profile for URL Filtering, under Profile Setting:
  4. Commit

The Palo Alto Networks firewall will process the filter as follows:

  • Block list
  • Allow list
  • Custom category
  • Pre-defined category

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