Qwa.la is a simple, free, powerful link shortener. It was built out of a discontent with existing options—some required accounts for more powerful features, while others featured unnappealing designs and were unpleasant to use. Qwa.la solves these problems, making it a great, go-to solution for link shortening. There aren't any features behind a pay wall, and there are no ads. And it's open source!
Once you've cloned the repository, there are a few things to configure:
server/config/firebaseServiceKey.json: This file is used for Firebase authentication. You should replace the placeholder credentials here with your own Firebase information. You can read more about this process in the Firebase docs.
server/config/settings.json: This file hold basic customization settings to change the functionality of the app. Most of these are pre-filled with reasonable defaults, but you can edit them if you want.
web/static/js/src/config.js: This file also holds basic configuration, but for the frontend.
Once you have your configuration setup, you should be able to do a simple
npm install npm run build npm start
to start the server! 🎉
Qwa.la offers numerous other methods of link shortening which are all listed below.
Web API: The Qwa.la web API exposes public Qwa.la functionality through HTTP requests. Read the documentation to get started.
Mobile App: Qwa.la has a mobile app powered by React Native. Find it on GitHub.