Creating Your Own URL Shortening Service With YOURLS

May 31, 2010 | By

YOURLS LogoYOURLS (stands for Your Own URL Shortener) is a set of PHP scripts that allow you to create your own URL shortening service. Like most scripts its requirements Apache with Mod_Rewrite, PHP and MySQL which makes it easy to install in virtually any hosting account.

YOURLS allows you to automatically generate URLs as well as assign a short name yourself, which I found to be quite handy for URLs I use often. Other features include:

  • Public (everybody can create short links) or private (your links only).
  • An AJAXed interface.
  • 2 bookmarklets you can just drag to your browser’s tools to create URLS easily.
  • A well documented API, if you intend to add more features to script or use the URLs from another website.

It has a simple web interface that lists all the short URLs created, the original URLs, how many times each URL was used as well other details. Opening an URL’s information shows a lot of detailed statistics about it like traffic location and direct vs. referrer traffic.

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