A URL Shortner That Respects Your Privacy.

A URL Shortner Project of Mine

Published on April 11, 2020 by Mike Chilson

SaaS URl Shortener Rails Programming

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My daily work requires me to send or post links fairly regularly and I have always been a fan of URL shorteners. Unfortunately, most of these tools today are nothing but advertising platforms and data collection silos. So, I decided to write my own and make it respect both member’s and users’ privacy.

I used Rails 6 / Ruby 2.6 with Postgres deployed on Heroku to craft this tool. It has simple use analytics (if you create a simple account) and does not collect identifying info on visitors as I use GoatCounter for my analytics on the site. Check it out and feel free to use it if you like.


I will be opening up the repo making the app open source once I have finished cleaning up the code to a point I feel comfortable releasing it.

Please note: 2023-01-27 I have taken this app down as I no longer need it for work. I hope to make the repo public soon.