Slinky is a relatively simple PHP library which allows you to go back and forth between “long” and “short” versions of a URL using common URL shortening services such as Bit.ly, Tr.im and of course TinyURL. It attempts to use the public API of a service where possible, or will also just follow a short URL to get the long version. If you’re going to use it, I strongly suggest you implement some sort of local caching rather than relying on external HTTP requests every time you want to find out the long version of a short URL.
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- Really easy to use
- Out of the box support (shortening and lengthening) for some of the most popular services, currently: TinyURL, Bit.ly, Tr.im, Is.gd, Fon.gs, Micurl, ur1.ca, Ptiturl, TightURL and Snipr.
- Auto-detection of short URLs and automatic use of the most efficient way available to get a long version.
- Includes a “cascade” feature, where you can specify a series of shortening services and Slinky will automatically try each one until it gets a successful response (in the case of timeouts, site outages etc)
- Super-simple to extend for your own favorite service, just create a small new PHP class and you’re ready to go.
- Licensed under the very liberal BSD license.
- cURL installed and operational
- json_encode/_decode enabled for services which use them (not required for core operations)
There are examples in the code comments, but very basically:
// Get a short version of http://dentedreality.com.au/ $slinky = new Slinky( 'http://dentedreality.com.au/' ); $short = $slinky->short(); echo $short; // And then lengthen it back out again echo $slinky->long( $short );