A Ruby API for http://bitly.com
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:
Then, when you call
Bitly.new(username, api_key) you will get a
Bitly::V3::Client instead, which provides the version 3 api calls (
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.)
gem install bitly
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')
Please see the Bit.ly API documentation http://api.bit.ly for details on the V3 API.
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
client = Bitly.client
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