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12 Months Ended
Jan. 31, 2021
Mar. 26, 2021
Jul. 31, 2020
Cover [Abstract]   
Document Type10-K  
Amendment Flagfalse  
Document Period End DateJan. 31, 2021  
Document Fiscal Year Focus2021  
Document Fiscal Period FocusFY  
Trading SymbolURBN  
Entity Registrant NameURBAN OUTFITTERS, INC.  
Entity Central Index Key0000912615  
Current Fiscal Year End Date--01-31  
Entity Well-known Seasoned IssuerYes  
Entity Current Reporting StatusYes  
Entity Voluntary FilersNo  
Entity Filer CategoryLarge Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Businessfalse  
ICFR Auditor Attestation Flagtrue  
Entity Shell Companyfalse  
Entity Emerging Growth Companyfalse  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 98,215,127 
Entity Public Float  $ 1,225,803,780
Entity Interactive Data CurrentYes  
Title of 12(b) SecurityCommon Shares, par value $.0001 per share  
Security Exchange NameNASDAQ  
Entity File Number000-22754  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country CodePA  
Entity Tax Identification Number23-2003332  
Entity Address, Address Line One5000 South Broad Street  
Entity Address, City or TownPhiladelphia  
Entity Address, State or ProvincePA  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code19112-1495  
City Area Code215  
Local Phone Number454-5500  
Document Annual Reporttrue  
Document Transition Reportfalse  
Documents Incorporated by Reference [Text Block]Certain information required by Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 is incorporated by reference into Part III hereof from portions of the Proxy Statement for the registrant’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.  

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