Free Modern URL Shortener.
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Kutt is a modern URL shortener with support for custom domains. Shorten URLs, manage your links and view the click rate statistics.

Contributions and bug reports are welcome.

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Key Features

  • Free and open source.
  • Custom domain support.
  • Custom URLs for shortened links
  • Setting password for links.
  • Private statistics for shortened URLs.
  • View and manage your links.
  • RESTful API.


  • Node (Web server)
  • Express (Web server framework)
  • Passport (Authentication)
  • React (UI library)
  • Next (Universal/server-side rendered React)
  • Redux (State management)
  • styled-components (CSS styling solution library)
  • Recharts (Chart library)
  • Neo4j (Graph database)


You need to have Node.js, Neo4j and Redis installed on your machine.

  1. Clone this repository or download zip.
  2. Copy config.example.js to config.js in both server and client folders and fill them properly.
  3. Install dependencies: npm install.
  4. Start Neo4j database.
  5. Run for development: npm run dev.
  6. Run for production: npm run build then npm start.

Docker: You can use Docker to run the app. Read docker-examples for more info.


In addition to the website, you can use these APIs to create, delete and get URLs.


  createdAt {string} ISO timestamp of when the URL was created
  id {string} Unique ID of the URL
  target {string} Where the URL will redirect to
  password {boolean} Whether or not a password is required
  count {number} The amount of visits to this URL
  shortUrl {string} The shortened link (Usually

In order to use these APIs you need to generate an API key from settings. Never put this key in the client side of your app or anywhere that is exposed to others.

All API requests and responses are in JSON format.

Include the API key as X-API-Key in the header of all below requests. Available API endpoints with body parameters:

Get shortened URLs list:

GET /api/url/geturls


  list {Array<URL>} List of URL objects
  countAll {number} Amount of items in the list

Submit a link to be shortened:

POST /api/url/submit


  • target: Original long URL to be shortened.
  • customurl (optional): Set a custom URL.
  • password (optional): Set a password.
  • reuse (optional): If a URL with the specified target exists returns it, otherwise will send a new shortened URL.

Returns: URL object

Delete a shortened URL and Get stats for a shortened URL:

POST /api/url/deleteurl
GET /api/url/stats

Body (or query for GET request)

  • id: ID of the shortened URL.
  • domain (optional): Required if a custom domain is used for short URL.


You can use Kutt as your default URL shortener in ShareX. If you host your custom instance of Kutt, refer to ShareX wiki on how to setup.

3rd Party API packages

Language Link Description
C# (.NET) KuttSharp .NET package for url shortener
Python kutt-cli Command-line client for Kutt written in Python
Ruby kutt.rb Kutt library written in Ruby
Node.js node-kutt Node.js client for url shortener
Bash kutt-bash Simple command line program for Kutt


Pull requests are welcome. You'll probably find lots of improvements to be made.

Open issues for feedback, requesting features, reporting bugs or discussing ideas.

Special thanks to Thomas and Muthu. Logo design by Muthu.