URL Shortening Services, The Ultimate List

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We use URL shortening services on daily basis, they are extremely useful in Internet conversations, let it forum threads, IM chats, etc. These services are also life-savers in communication channel where you are limited to specific no. of characters per session – Twitter for instance. Some even use them to hide away affiliate links they shared or bypass firewalls that block websites according to URLs.

As long as they turn your long whining URL short, it’s a good job. TinyURL is perhaps the famous amongst, but it’s cool to know more so we get to swap from one to another (if you ever get bored). Here we’ve compiled 68 URL shortening services on the Internet that’s still working. Why the ‘still working‘? Some services were forced to shut down thanks to spammers. Together with the list, we thought you might also want a list of bookmarklet-supported URL Shortening services in a Firefox bookmark file so you can shorten any URL on the fly with Firefox. Everything after jump.

68 URL Shorteners

  Service Name After shortened (sample) More Options? Bookmarklet
  A2N http://a2n.eu/tech
No
No
  Beam.to http://beam.to/hongkiat
No
No
  B65 http://b65.us/28x
Yes
No
  CanURL http://canurl.com/s0hui
No
No
  Decent URL http://hongkiat.decenturl.com/tech
No
  DigBig http://digbig.com/4wxab
Yes
  Doiop http://doiop.com/l3a46l
No
No
  Dwarfurl http://dwarfurl.com/9ca0c
Yes
  EasyURL http://easyurl.net/55a7a
Yes
No
  EzURL http://www.ezurl.eu/1
Yes
No
  FhURL http://fhurl.com/b10024
Yes
No
  Fly2 http://fhurl.com/b10024
Yes
No
  Is.gd http://is.gd/eMM
No
No
  X.se http://www.x.se/xskb
No
No
  LiteURL http://www.liteurl.net/a9sh
Yes
No
  lnk.in http://lnk.in/5z5f
Yes
  Metamark http://xrl.us/bkd33
Yes
No
  Minilien http://minilien.com/?nhSqU4SkQp
No
No
  MooURL http://moourl.com/woot/?moo=f9cmd
Yes
  MyURL http://myurl.in/sSBTd
Yes
No
  NanoRef http://nanoref.com/hongkiat/AvF62w
Yes
No
  Ne1 http://you.ne1.net
Yes
No
  Not Long http://hongkiat.notlong.com
No
No
  Nutshell URL http://nutshellurl.com/1yb
No
No
  Redirx http://redirx.com/?0jxn
No
No
  RubyURL http://rubyurl.com/1CO1
No
  Shim http://yourname.shim.net
Yes
No
  Shorl http://shorl.com/gabrafihobidra
Yes
  ShortenURL http://www.shortenurl.com/6thpj
No
No
  Shoter Link http://shorterlink.com/?ABC123
No
No
  Shortlinks http://shortlinks.co.uk/kkx
No
No
  ShortURL http://hongkiat.shorturl.com
Yes
No
  Short URL http://url.lotpatrol.com/?x=892
No
No
  Get Shorty http://get-shorty.com/shorty/hongkiat/
Yes
No
  Shrinkr http://shrinkr.com/13
No
No
  ShrinkURL http://shrinkurl.us/vDC
Yes
No
  SHurl http://shurl.net/afw
Yes
No
  SimURL http://simurl.com/wugses
No
  Sitelutions http://ByInter.com/you
No
No
  SnipURL http://snipurl.com/28bo6
Yes
  ShredURL http://shredurl.com/4de
No
No
  Smallr http://smallr.com/35m
No
  StartURL http://starturl.com/gsukp
Yes
No
  Tight URL http://tighturl.com/7vk
No
  Tiny Link http://tinylink.com/?jqdZqSlzo4
No
No
  TinyURL http://tinyurl.com/6
No
  TraceURL http://traceurl.com/rdS?r=1507&l=15
Yes
No
  Ulimit http://hongkiat.euro.st
Yes
No
  URL.co.uk http://url.co.uk/f2ktz
No
No
  URL Cutter http://urlcutter.com?39024
Yes
  URLcut http://urlcut.com/1pxhz
No
No
  URL Hawk http://urlhawk.com/5k9
Yes
No
  URl.ie http://url.ie/dkx
No
No
  Url Tea http://urltea.com/367u
No
  U76 http://u76.org/o2
No
  WapURL http://wapurl.co.uk/?CGL8HL3
Yes
  Xil http://xil.in/2323/
Yes
No
  YATUC http://yatuc.com/b$t
Yes
  Yep It http://yep.it/l4_74e
Yes
No
  6URL http://www.6URL.com/1P77
Yes
No
  301URL http://301url.com/K
Yes
No
  URL Pie http://www.urlpire.com/?QQATP
No
No
  Pi URL http://piurl.com/5
No
  URLvi http://urlvi.be/kzawc
Yes
  Shrtnd http://shrtnd.com/444/
Yes
No
  FwdURL http://fwdurl.net/258
No
No
  G8L http://g8l.us/8uq
No
No
         

We believe this isn’t close to a complete list. If you got more, we appreciate a heads up.

Bookmarklets for Firefox

[Firefox only] We compiled all URL shorterning services that supports bookmarklet into a bookmark file so you don’t have to. Download shortcut.html (right-click, save as), import it into your Firefox browser as bookmark and start to shorten any URL with any services that serve your mood on the fly. For those who are not familiar with Firefox bookmark importing, here’s a small guide.

How to import for Firefox?

Step 1

Download shortcut.html. In Firefox, go to Bookmarks -> Organize Bookmarks.

Step 2

In Bookmark Manager, go to File Import. Select ‘From File’, look for shortcut.html and click Ok.

bookmark manager

List of URL shorterners should appear as a folder under your Bookmark Toolbar. If it does not, most probably is because you did not enabled Bookmark Toolbar on Firefox.

bookmark toolbar

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