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bitly

DESCRIPTION:

A Ruby API for http://bitly.com

http://dev.bitly.com

NOTE:

Bitly recently released their version 3 API. From this 0.5.0 release, the gem will continue to work the same but also provide a V3 module, using the version 3 API. The standard module will become deprecated, as Bitly do not plan to keep the version 2 API around forever.

To move to using the version 3 API, call:

Bitly.use_api_version_3

Then, when you call Bitly.new(username, api_key) you will get a Bitly::V3::Client instead, which provides the version 3 api calls (shorten, expand, clicks, validate and bitly_pro_domain). See http://dev.bitly.com for details.

Eventually, this will become the default version used and finally, the V3 module will disappear, with the version 3 classes replacing the version 2 classes.

(Please excuse the lack of tests for the v3 classes, they are fully tested and ready to replace this whole codebase in the v3 branch of the GitHub repo, until I realized it would break everything.)

INSTALLATION:

gem install bitly

USAGE:

Version 2 API

Create a Bitly client using your username and api key as follows:

bitly = Bitly.new(username, api_key)

You can then use that client to shorten or expand urls or return more information or statistics as so:

bitly.shorten('http://www.google.com')
bitly.shorten('http://www.google.com', :history => 1) # adds the url to the api user's history
bitly.expand('wQaT')
bitly.info('http://bit.ly/wQaT')
bitly.stats('http://bit.ly/wQaT')

Each can be used in all the methods described in the API docs, the shorten function, for example, takes a url or an array of urls.

All four functions return a Bitly::Url object (or an array of Bitly::Url objects if you supplied an array as the input). You can then get all the information required from that object.

u = bitly.shorten('http://www.google.com') #=> Bitly::Url

u.long_url #=> "http://www.google.com"
u.short_url #=> "http://bit.ly/Ywd1"
u.bitly_url #=> "http://bit.ly/Ywd1"
u.jmp_url #=> "http://j.mp/Ywd1"
u.user_hash #=> "Ywd1"
u.hash #=> "2V6CFi"
u.info #=> a ruby hash of the JSON returned from the API
u.stats #=> a ruby hash of the JSON returned from the API

bitly.shorten('http://www.google.com', 'keyword')

Version 3 API

Please see the Bit.ly API documentation http://api.bit.ly for details on the V3 API.

Configure bitly through initializer

If you want to configure bitly through an initializer (e.g. config/initializers/bitly.rb), do the following:

Bitly.configure do |config|
  config.api_version = 3
  config.login = "Bitly_Username"
  config.api_key = "API_KEY"
end

Instead of using Bitly.new(username, api_key) to get the client, use Bitly.client:

client = Bitly.client

LICENSE:

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2009 Phil Nash

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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