Open URL Shortener

Building an special software for a client I realize I need a way to transform a numeric ID into short alphanumeric case sensitive ID, after looking into the web I found a great script that accomplish that purpose, I know YouTube and many other services for URL Shortening use this technique so then I ask myself “it wouldn’t be great if anyone can have a personal URL Shortener in their site?” and in just 4 hours I make a little clone of a very famous URL Shortener service. It’s not a perfect clone, but works great:

I have done most of the end-user side (front-end) but I didn’t make any admin side (back-end), so if you want to contribute and make a good admin to see statics or add more functionality like an admin panel to add, modify, remove anything and block IPs you are welcome, I just don’t have the time right now and I use a SQL GUI for this purpose.

If you want this software first you need a server that runs:

  • Apache
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • mod_rewrite enabled

Then you can follow these instructions:

  • Download and unzip the current version of the software.
  • Copy the entire directory to your the directory where you want to install the URL shortener
  • Run the install.php in your browser and fill all the information needed.
  • That’s it! You’re done. You can now generate test your own URL shortener.


4 thoughts on “Open URL Shortener

  1. Thanks for this wonderful script, it could be great if you could add the ability to delete url’s that are not used for say 100days automatically.

    Thankyou again 🙂

  2. Interesting. A spammer on Twitter was abusing it. The links didn’t work, but they led me here. Now I want to play with it 🙂

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