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url shortening was a fucking awful idea
url shortening was a fucking awful idea
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TinyURL and other similar services allow long URLs to be converted to smaller ones on their specific service; the small URL is visited by a consumer and their web browser is redirected to the long URL.

Services like TinyURL are a ticking timebomb. If they go away, get hacked or sell out millions of links will be lost (see Wikipedia: Link Rot). 301Works.org claims to archive shorturls, but so far they have not released a single backup file for download. As always, the Archiveteam is here to help with their Urlteam subcommitee.

Who did this?

You can join us in our IRC channel: #urlteam on EFNet


  • User:Chronomex wrote his own efficient Perl-based scraper: [1]
  • User:Soult did the same in Ruby
  • The Monkeyshines algorithmic scraper has a tool to efficiently scrape URL shortening services -- see the examples/shorturls directory. It scales efficiently to tens of millions of saved URLs. It uses a read-through cache to prevent re-requesting urls, it allows multiple scrapers to run on different machines while sharing the same lookup cache. You can either feed it a list of bare urls, or have it randomly try either base-36 or base-62 URLs. With it, User:Mrflip gathered about 6M valid URLs pulled from twitter messages so far.

Or just ask!

Here's a template that worked for me at least once. Well, data is pending but the site owner is gung-ho.

Try sending an email to the website owner:


I'm working with Jason Scott of textfiles.org and other members of the
Archive Team.

Since the recent scare involving http://tr.im/'s announced (and then
retracted) imminent demise, we've been working to archive all the
links from URL shorteners around the Internet.

If I'm not mistaken, you operate urlx.org.  Would you be so kind as to
share with us a copy of your URL database?  We'll do our best to
preserve this data forever in a useful way.

We are already very far along in scraping links from tr.im, but it's
faster (and friendlier!) to contact site owners asking for a copy of
their data than it is to scrape.

We've got a domain registered, urlte.am, and all links will be
available for redirect in the format:


If you could help us, that would be excellent!

Thank you,

URL shorteners

New table

The new table includes shorteners we have already started to scrape.

Name Number of shorturls Scraping done by Status Comments
TinyURL 1,000,000,000 User:Soult 5-letter codes done, on halt due to being banned (2010-12-20) non-sequential, bans IP for requesting too many non-existing shorturls
bit.ly 4,000,000,000 User:Soult about 1/4 non-sequential
is.gd 287,151,326 User:Chronomex about 1/3 (2010-10-31) sequential
ff.im ? User:Chronomex only used by FriendFeed, no interface to shorten new URLs
4url.cc 1365 (2009-08-14)[1] User:Chronomex done (2009-08-14) sequential
litturl.com 33695[2] User:Chronomex done dead (2010-11-18)
xs.md 17619 (2009-08-15)[3] User:Chronomex done dead (2010-11-18)
url.0daymeme.com 18780 (2009-08-14)[4] User:Chronomex done dead (2010-11-18)
tr.im ? User:Soult 5-letter codes finished, 6-letter codes in progress no new urls can be created, website says it will shut down at the end of 2010, often breaks completely when crawling too fast
Name Number of shorturls Scraping done by Status Comments

Old list[5]

List last updated 2009-08-14.

  • 1link.in
  • 6url.com
  • adjix.com - case-insensitive, incremental
  • ad.vu - mirror of adjix.com
  • biglnk.com
  • budurl.com - Appears nonincremental
  • canurl.com
  • cli.gs - Appears nonincremental
  • decenturl.com - Not at all easy to scrape.
  • dlvr.it
  • doiop.com - Appears nonincremental
  • dwarfurl.com - Numeric, appears incremental: http://dwarfurl.com/08041
  • easyuri.com - Appears hex incremental with last digit random/checksum: http://easyuri.com/1339f , http://easyuri.com/133a3
  • easyurl.net - Appears nonincremental: http://easyurl.net/afd2f
  • go2cut.com
  • ilix.in
  • imfy.us - requires a recaptcha to get to the linked site.
  • jdem.cz - Incremental with random (?) last digit: http://jdem.cz/bw388
  • lnkurl.com
  • memurl.com - Pronounceable. Broken.
  • metamark.net / xrl.us - ? http://xrl.us/bfabog
  • minilien.com - Doesn't appear guessable: http://minilien.com/?9nyvwnA0gh
  • myurl.in - Doesn't appear guessable, is probably bruteforceable: http://myurl.in/lT7z5em.cz - Incremental with random (?) last digit: http://jdem.cz/bw388
  • lnkurl.com
  • memurl.com - Pronounceable. Broken.
  • metamark.net / xrl.us - ? http://xrl.us/bfabog
  • minilien.com - Doesn't appear guessable: http://minilien.com/?9nyvwnA0gh
  • myurl.in - Doesn't appear guessable, is probably bruteforceable: http://myurl.in/lT7z5
  • notlong.com - Appears to be alpha-only: http://yeitoo.notlong.com/
  • nutshellurl.com - Appears incremental. 301s to a redirector script, which then 301s you to the destination.
  • ow.ly - I can't get it to work.
  • plexp.com - Parked.
  • pnt.me - Doesn't appear guessable, too big a space to bruteforce: http://pnt.me/FzAblc
  • poprl.com - Not resolving
  • qurlyq.com - Javascript redirect. Appears sequential: http://qurlyq.com/5nf
  • redirx.com - Lowercase alpha only, appears sequential or guessable: http://redirx.com/?wyok
  • rod.gs
  • s3nt.com - Probably sequential. http://s3nt.com/aa goes somewhere different from /ab
  • shorterlink.com - Parked.
  • shortlinks.co.uk - Not resolving
  • short.to - Probably sequential/loweralpha: http://short.to/msmp
  • shorturl.com - Probably sequential/loweralpha: http://alturl.com/wqok
  • shrinklink.co.uk - Doesn't appear sequential: http://www.shrinklink.co.uk/45bmx , www.shrinklink.co.uk/npk6xp
  • shrinkurl.us
  • shrt.st
  • shurl.net
  • simurl.com
  • shorl.com
  • smarturl.eu
  • snipr.com
  • snipurl.com
  • snurl.com
  • sn.vc
  • starturl.com
  • surl.co.uk
  • tighturl.com
  • timesurl.at
  • tiny123.com
  • tiny.cc
  • tinylink.com
  • tobtr.com
  • traceurl.com
  • tr.im
  • tweetburner.com
  • twitpwr.com
  • twitthis.com
  • twurl.nl
  • u.mavrev.com
  • ur1.ca - Database is downloadable from website directly.
  • url9.com - Sequential, alphanumeric. Leading 0s are significant.
  • urlborg.com
  • urlbrief.com
  • urlcover.com
  • urlcut.com
  • urlhawk.com
  • url-press.com
  • urlsmash.com
  • urltea.com
  • urlvi.be
  • urlx.org - Owner has agreed to share his database
  • vimeo.com
  • wlink.us
  • xaddr.com
  • xil.in
  • xrl.us - see metamark.net
  • xym.kr
  • x.se
  • yatuc.com
  • yep.it
  • yweb.com
  • zi.ma
  • w3t.org

"Official" shorteners

  • goog.gl - Google
  • fb.me - Facebook
  • amzn.to - Amazon
  • binged.it - Bing (bonus points for being longer than bing.com)
  • y.ahoo.it - Yahoo
  • youtu.be - YouTube
  • t.co? - Twitter
  • post.ly - Posterous
  • wp.me - Wordpress.com
  • flic.kr - Flickr
  • lnkd.in - LinkedIn
  • su.pr - StumbleUpon
  • go.usa.gov - USA Government (and since they control the Internets, it doesn't get much more official than this)
  • nyturl.com - NY Times (bonus points for being longer than nyt.com, which they own)
  • tcrn.ch - Techcrunch
  • digg.com - discontinued - [2]

Dead or Broken Shorteners

  • chod.sk - Appears nonincremental, not resolving
  • gonext.org - not resolving
  • ix.it - Not resolving
  • jijr.com - Doesn't appear to be a shortener, now parked
  • kissa.be - "Kissa.be url shortener service is shutdown"
  • kurl.us - Parked.
  • miklos.dk - Doesn't appear guessable: http://miklos.dk/!z7bA6a - "Vi arbejder på sagen..."
  • minurl.org - Presently in ERROR 404
  • muhlink.com - Not resolving
  • myurl.us - cpanel frontend