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YOURLS is a website that contains all the tools you need to create and launch your very own URL shortener. URL shorteners like bitly or TinyURL are fine for public use, but they offer limited options in terms of URL customization.

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  • cross-platform, collaborative bookmark manager
    This is what I use and like: - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • Ask HN: Building a url shortner, similar to bitly, can I make it profitable?
    Similar to...? Personally I just use - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • self-hosted url shorter with device targeting
    YOURLS has a "detect-mobile-device" plugin. Is that what you were looking for? Source: over 1 year ago
  • Tool/solution to "masquerade" or encode/decode part of the url to avoid showing subpaths details (f.e: myDomain.tld/myFolder/MyFile should became myDomain.tld/casualStringGeneratedAndMappedByTheTool) ?
    You will need to implement the YOURLS URL Shortener ( and then implement the following YOURLS Plug-in - (Keywords, Charset & Length). Source: over 1 year ago
  • How create Short Links from my main domain name?
    Personally I would use something like this, although it does require a database. Source: over 1 year ago
  • An Open Source alternative
    Other alternative which is very easy: Https:// Source: almost 2 years ago
  • URL Shortening
    Combine a self-hosted service like with a short subdomain name at one of your domains. Then you can map something like go to that IP address. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • A SaaS to protect any web page with a password?
    There are many services that offer such a functionality. Just search for "password protected link shortener". One example would be by u/NayamAmarshe (I haven't tried it, I only read this post). However if you care for privacy (kind of the point of the whole post) and you have a web server you might want to selfhost the service (has a lot of other advantages as well, link all the easy to remember... Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Compatibility with
    It's always possible to self-host a url shortener like yourls ( or whatever the cool kids use these days and make it available on a handshake name. Source: about 2 years ago
  • Self-hosted alternative to and
    Https:// might work - iirc there's a 404 page plugin you could edit to just redirect to the homepage of your second domain. Source: about 2 years ago
  • Looking to set up a URL shortener
    If you plan on going the route, I've used yourls which has been working great for me for years. Source: about 2 years ago
  • GitHub will maintain active links in a read-only state
    I've been using a personal link shortening service ( for a few years now... e.g. I use if anyone's interested. - Source: Hacker News / about 2 years ago
  • QR-Code URL Manager
    You could potentially use Source: over 2 years ago
  • Privacy-Centric Alternatives To
    If you're technically inclined I'd recommend self hosting yourls. Source: over 2 years ago
  • I made yet another self-hosted URL shortener! [Blink] [no but really, there's reasons for there to be yet another URL shortener, hear me out]
    How does blink compare to other free software URL shorteners such as YOURLS? Source: almost 3 years ago
  • it is time to confess, brothers
    Your get and selfhost. Source: about 3 years ago
  • Does anything exist to track sidebar click/engagement details?
    The only way I have been able to track these sorts of things is using something like yourls. It is an open source (free) URL shortner that will track clicks and a few other items. Source: about 3 years ago
  • Link shorteners: why you shouldn't use them
    I run my own using [YOURLS]( It addresses the issues brought up in the article: - Control your links. - Source: Hacker News / about 3 years ago
  • Question: What is the recommended URL-Shortener selfhosted software?
    I’ve been using for years and works pretty well. Source: about 3 years ago
  • YOURLS 1.8.1 Released
    Download source code below and upload to your server. Detailed instructions on Source: over 3 years ago
  • Link shortener with Open Graph / oEmbed meta tags?
    We use which is quite nice. Source: over 3 years ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of YOURLS

11 Best Bitly Alternatives & Similar URL Shorteners
Yourls is a lightweight software to install regardless of the many features you have to enhance your campaign. It will be worth your efforts to try this platform in the first place.
Top 8 Alternatives of Bit.Ly in 2023
YOURLS URL shortenerEmail Verification Tools, Features and Comparison of top five ServicesEmail Verification Tools can be game-changing for your business operation. But not knowing how to purchase them will be a blunder. Learn how to select one for your business.StartupTalkyAnsh MehreyConclusionFAQsIs there a free alternative to Google have a URL shortener?How do I choose a URL shortener?Are link...
The 8 Best Alternatives to Google URL Shortener
Yourls, which is an acronym for "your own URL shortener," is exactly that—a service your run on your own server. Similar to Polr, Yourls is free and open-source. With Yourls, you can choose whether your links will be public or private. It includes bookmarklets, which let you turn a long URL into a short one from your web browser in just one click. By default, the tool generates sequential URLs, but you can change...

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