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The Shawty gem is the simplest and fastest Ruby url-shortening app. Run your own server that works like or

Instant installation and deploy

  • Clone this: git clone git://
  • Signup for an account at Heroku (better details here)
  • don't even bother configuring it
  • push it to git push heroku master
  • Revel.


If you run any application with published content it's helpful to have shorter links to that content.

Consider that your Rails app might offer pages like the following:

Imagine trying to fit that in a text message. Instead, how about:

Is it so easy a child can use it?

Yes. See the shawty-client gem for details:
# =>
## Saved on your shawty server and usable immediately

Way groovy.

Patches welcome, forks celebrated.

Copyright (c) 2009 Jack Danger Canty. See LICENSE for details.

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