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"What if the URL bar supported unix pipe semantics? ex: " | bitly", " | translate english", ..."

Demo @

How does it work?

Unfortunately Chrome doesn't provide an API to listen to "url submit" events, but we can approximate what this functionality would "feel" like by creating and leveraging a custom search engine. This "search engine" simply takes in the URL and the pipe parameters as a query string, and then does the right thing.

Example commands

  • googl: Take the input URL, shorten it via shortener and redirect me to the resulting page.
  • grep: World's simplest grep.. Download the page, walk over the content line by line and output matching lines.

For instructions on how to install & use, check


MIT License - Copyright (c) 2011 Ilya Grigorik