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Bitly shortening from the command line with node, motherfuckers.

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This is for Mac OS X and requires npm.

Usage:

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Type bitly http://www.somewebsite.com/needs/to/be/shortened/

The shortened link is now in your clipboard. Paste the shortened link wherever you need to!

Installation:

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Type npm install request (if you don't already have the request module).
  3. Type cd /usr/local/lib/node
  4. Type vim bitly.js
  5. Now paste in the following code:
    var request = require('request'),
        sys = require('sys'),
        link = process.ARGV[2],
        bitly = 'http://api.bit.ly/v3/shorten';

function urlencode(str) { return escape(str) .replace('+', '%2B') .replace('%20', '+') .replace('*', '%2A') .replace('/', '%2F').replace('@', '%40'); }

// prepend http if it does not exist. if (!/^https?:\/\//i.test(link)) { link = 'http://' + link; }

// urlencode the link and add to params. var params = 'login=YOUR_LOGIN_ID&apiKey=YOUR_API_KEY&longUrl='+urlencode(link)+'%2F&format=json';

request({uri:bitly, body:params, method:'POST'},function(error,response,body){ if(!error && response.statusCode === 200 && body) { var json = JSON.parse(body); console.log(json.data.url); } });

NOTE: You will need to supply your own login and apiKey values.

  1. Type ESC:wq to save the file and close it.
  2. Back in your terminal type vim ~/.bash_profile
  3. Paste in the following block of code:
    function bitly()
    {
    bitlyPath='/usr/local/lib/node/bitly.js'
    node $bitlyPath $1 | pbcopy
    }
    
  4. Type ESC:wq to save the file and close it.
  5. Restart your terminal.
  6. Type bitly www.google.com.

The bitly link for "www.google.com" is now in copied into your clipboard.

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