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support custom users (django 1.5+)


Django Tinylinks

A Django application that adds an URL shortener to your site similar to

This is an early alpha. Use it with caution.


You need to install the following prerequisites in order to use this app:

pip install django
pip install South
pip install django-libs
pip install urllib3

When using Python 2.6, you will also need to install importlib.

If you want to install the latest stable release from PyPi:

$ pip install django-tinylinks

If you feel adventurous and want to install the latest commit from GitHub:

$ pip install -e git://

Add tinylinks to your INSTALLED_APPS:


Add the tinylinks URLs to your

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^s/', include('tinylinks.urls')),

Don't forget to migrate your database:

./ migrate tinylinks



Default: 6

Integer representing the number of characters for your tinylinks. This setting is used when the app suggests a new tinylink. Regardless of this setting users will be able to create custom tinylinks with up to 32 characters.


Default: 10

Number of minutes between two runs of the check command. This number should be big enough so that one run can complete before the next run is scheduled.


Default: 300

Number of minutes in which all URLs should have been updated at least once. If this is 300 it means that within 5 hours we want to update all URLs.

If TINYLINK_CHECK_INTERVAL is 10 it means that we will run the command every 10 minutes. Combined with a total time of 300 minutes, this means that we can execute the command 300/10=30 times during one period.

Now we can devide the total number of URLs by 30 and on each run we will update the X most recent URLs. After 10 runs, we will have updated all URLs.


Just visit the root URL of the app. Let's assume you hooked the app into your at s/, then visit You will see your tinylist overview. Go to to see a form to submit a new long URL.

After submitting, you will be redirected to a new page which shows the generated short URL. If you want this URL to have a different short URL, just change the short URL to your liking.

Now visit and you will be redirected to your long URL.


If you want to contribute to this project, please perform the following steps:

# Fork this repository
# Clone your fork
$ mkvirtualenv -p python2.7 django-tinylinks
$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ ./tinylinks/tests/
# You should get no failing tests

$ git co -b feature_branch master
# Implement your feature and tests
$ ./tinylinks/tests/
# You should still get no failing tests
# Describe your change in the CHANGELOG.txt
$ git add . && git commit
$ git push origin feature_branch
# Send us a pull request for your feature branch

Whenever you run the tests a coverage output will be generated in tests/coverage/index.html. When adding new features, please make sure that you keep the coverage at 100%.

If you are making changes that need to be tested in a browser (i.e. to the CSS or JS files), you might want to setup a Django project, follow the installation insttructions above, then run python develop. This will just place an egg-link to your cloned fork in your project's virtualenv.


Check the issue tracker on github for milestones and features to come.

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