YOURLS, which is short for Your Own URL Shortener, is open-source software that allows anyone to host their own URL shortener. It’s similar to Bitly, except you control everything. It works with any hosting provider that supports PHP and MySQL, and is easy to set up and use. For example, Coywolf uses YOURLS on a cheap shared hosting plan at Pair Networks and uses the domain
Ozh Richard, the creator and lead engineer for YOURLS, released version 1.7.6 of the software. Aside from various fixes, the update included a “Random Keywords” plugin that is now bundled with the software. The plugin, when activated, creates short URLs that are similar to Bitly links. Upon activation, Admin users can set the length of the randomly generated URL.
Giving the Random Keyword Length a value of 5 will shorten a link like
YOURLS can be downloaded from GitHub. If you like using YOURLS and want it to continue to be maintained and improved, you can sponsor it via Open Collective. Coywolf is a Premium Backer and contributes to its development every month.