Skip to content
This repository

HTTPS clone URL

Subversion checkout URL

You can clone with HTTPS or Subversion.

Download ZIP

Simple PHP URL shortener, as used on mths.be

branch: master
README.md

Simple PHP URL shortener

Requires PHP ≥ 5.4.0 or higher.

Installation

  1. Download the source code as located within this repository, and upload it to your web server.
  2. Use database.sql to create the redirect table in a database of choice.
  3. Edit config.php and enter your database credentials.

Features

  • Redirect to Twitter when given a numerical slug, e.g. http://mths.be/8065633451249664http://twitter.com/mathias/status/8065633451249664.
  • Redirect to your Twitter account when @ is used as a slug, e.g. http://mths.be/@http://twitter.com/mathias.
  • Redirect to your Google Plus account when + is used as a slug, e.g. http://mths.be/+https://plus.google.com/u/0/116553353277057965424/posts.
  • Redirect to your main website when no slug is entered, e.g. http://mths.be/http://mathiasbynens.be/.
  • Redirect to a specific page on your main website when an unknown slug (not in the database) is used, e.g. http://mths.be/demo/jquery-sizehttp://mathiasbynens.be/demo/jquery-size.
  • Ignores weird trailing characters (!, ", #, $, %, &, ', (, ), *, +, ,, -, ., /, @, :, ;, <, =, >, [, \, ], ^, _, {, |, }, ~) in slugs — useful when your short URL is run through a crappy link parser, e.g. http://mths.be/aaa) → same effect as visiting http://mths.be/aaa.
  • Generates short, easy-to-type URLs using only [a-z] characters.
  • Doesn’t create multiple short URLs when you try to shorten the same URL. In this case, the script will simply return the existing short URL for that long URL.
  • DRY, minimal code.
  • Correct, semantic use of the available HTTP status codes.
  • Can be used with Twitter for iPhone. Just go to SettingsServicesURL ShorteningCustom… and enter http://yourshortener.ext/shorten?url=%@.

Favelets / Bookmarklets

Prompt

javascript:(function(){var%20q=prompt('URL:');if(q){document.location='http://yourshortener.ext/shorten?url='+encodeURIComponent(q)}}());

Shorten this URL

javascript:(function(){document.location='http://yourshortener.ext/shorten?url='+encodeURIComponent(location.href)}());

License

This script is available under the MIT license.

Author

Contributors

Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.