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Unix shell script to shorten URLs with URL shortener. wget must be installed for this to work.
if [ -t 0 ]; then
if [ -z "$1" ]; then
echo "usage: tny long_url [custom_keyword]"
echo ""
echo "Shorten URLs with URL shortener"
echo "This script expects a long URL to shorten either as an argument or passed through STDIN."
echo "When using arguments, an optional second argument can be provided to customize the later part of the short URL (keyword)."
exit 1
while read -r line ; do
echo `wget -q -O -\&format=simple\&url=$url\&keyword=$2`
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gbl08ma commented Jul 30, 2013

To install this as a standard Linux command, download the gist and rename it "tny". Then, on a shell, do the following:

cd # to the directory where you downloaded it
chmod +x tny
sudo mv tny /usr/bin

Now you can simply do


to shorten URLs from the shell.

As said on the script, you can also have a second parameter to create a custom short URL. Example:

tny shorter

will return

And you can use pipes redirection too:

echo | tny


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