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What is the URL Shortener API?

The Google URL Shortener at is a service that takes long URLs and squeezes them into fewer characters to make a link that is easier to share, tweet, or email to friends.

The URL Shortener API allows you to develop applications that interface with this service. You can use simple HTTP methods to create, inspect, and manage short URLs from your desktop, mobile, or web application.

Get Involved

Join the Google URL Shortener discussion group for community driven support.

Start Coding

Get started making Google URL Shortener API calls.

References and Resources

Check out the Libraries and Samples and explore the entire API in the reference documentation.