Node.js daemon that provides an HTTP API to expand short URLs.
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FURL is a service written in Node.js to provide an HTTP API for resolving short URLs.

The service is running at so feel free to have a play, but please don't hammer it! Try this:

It's highly recommended that this is run behind a mature web server such as nginx - this is advice from the creator of Node so pay attention Bond!


  • All configurable variables are at the top of the source file.


  • Call / and it will return the destination URL. If an error occurs it will return a message starting with ERR.
  • Call it with /stats to get a JSON response containing various stats.
  • Call it with /clean to trigger a cache cleaning operation. This will return the number of objects deleted during the clean.


  • Move the configuration out to a conf file.
  • Add the ability to have an hourly per-IP limit to prevent abuse.
  • Add the option of using a memcached instance for the cache so it can be shared across multiple instances of the daemon behind a load balancer.
  • I've not really stress-tested it yet, but the tests I have done show it to be pretty stable.


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-- Last updated: 2011-08-05 22:10