Shorten is a MIT licensed Python library for storing your data with automatically generated keys. Use your choice of backend: in-memory, Redis and Memcached are supported by default.
I made this library after being unable to find anything satisfactory for URL shortening. Shorten contains no clever tricks or obfuscated schemes that produce unmaintainable code.
It's gevent-safe, so you can use it with Gunicorn and Heroku (and consequently Flask, Django, Pyramid). Currently, it is neither threadsafe nor multiprocess safe.
Install with pip:
$ pip install shorten
Shorten uses redis-py as its Redis client and it will be downloaded automatically. This dependency may be removed in a future version.
If you want to run the tests, install the requirements in
$ virtualenv --no-site-packages .python && source .python/bin/activate $ pip install -r requirements.txt
libevent (for gevent) development libraries are
required. For Debian-based systems, try:
$ apt-get install python-dev libmemcached-dev libevent-dev
Full documentation is available at http://pythonhosted.org/shorten.
Create a store which automatically generates keys for your values.
from shorten import MemoryStore store = MemoryStore() key, token = store.insert('aardvark') # True key in store # 'aardvark' store[key]
Values can be deleted from the store by revoking them with the returned revokation token. The default token is the same as the returned key.
from shorten import MemoryStore store = MemoryStore() key, token = store.insert('bonobo') del store[token] # False key in store # KeyError store[key]
The included stores are gevent-safe, meaning that values can be inserted from multiple greenlets without fear of duplicate keys.
import gevent from shorten import alphabets from shorten import MemoryStore values = ( 'aardvark', 'bonobo', 'caiman', 'degu', 'elk', ) store = MemoryStore(alphabet=alphabets.HEX, start=9) jobs = [gevent.spawn(store.insert, value) for value in values] gevent.joinall(jobs) # '9' # 'a' # 'c' # 'b' # 'd' for job in jobs: key, token = job.value print(key)
For a working example of URL shortening website, see