LaunchBar Action: Create YOURLS

If you follow me on Twitter you may of noticed I’ve been using a custom URL shortener lately, I did this because I purchased and got tiered of waiting for After looking round I found YOURLS a set of PHP scripts that do most of the functions of and of course has the ability to create really short links without the 6 character hash. I might review this at a later date.

Now I did have a LaunchBar action to create links that will work perfectly fine with however now I use YOURLS I needed to make a few modifications to support a new API and here is the new AppleScript for you to enjoy (download here).

on handle_string(theURL)
  -- add scheme prefix if missing
     set _firstColon to offset of ":" in theURL
     set _firstSlash to offset of "/" in theURL
     if (_firstColon = 0 or _firstSlash < _firstColon) then
       set theURL to "http://" & theURL
    end if

  -- Process and encode URL
     set theURL to do shell script "/usr/bin/python -c 'import sys, urllib; print urllib.quote(sys.argv[1])' " & quoted form of

  -- Create YOURLS
     set login to "YOURURSERNAME"
     set apiKey to "YOURPASSWORD"
     set bitlyURL to "http://YOURDOMAIN/yourls-api.php?action=shorturl&format=simple&username=" & login & "&password=" & apiKey &
"&url=" & theURL & ""
     set results to do shell script "curl " & quoted form of bitlyURL

  -- Copy to clipboard and display
     tell application "LaunchBar"
       perform action "Copy" with string results
       display in large type results
     end tell

end handle_string

You will need to make 3 changes to allow this to work, firstly change YOURUSERNAME and YOURPASSWORD to your own username and password for your YOURLS install and secondly change YOURDOMAIN to point to the path of you yourls-api.php file.

Put the file in ~/Library/Application Support/LaunchBar and rename it to whatever you want the script to be activated by in LaunchBar.

Stay tuned to this page for update’s to this script as YOURLS grows

I have provide this action for free, but if you find it useful please make a small donation

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