Privacy-friendly URL shortener is the URL shortener for education and research. Secure because users log in with SURFconext. Privacy-friendly because does not store users' personal data or track visitors from links.
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Simple creation of shortened URLs and QR codes

Staff and students can easily create shortened URLs and QR codes to use them for social media, on websites and in presentations.

Safe and respectful of privacy only tracks the total number of clicks and does not track visitors. is available free of charge

Link your institution to via SURFconext free of charge.

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  • is more secure because users log in via SURFconext, allowing only authorised users from Dutch education and research to create links. This prevents abuse.
  • is more privacy-friendly than commercial providers because does not receive any personal data from users. Via SURFconext, only receives a persistent pseudonym.
  • uses modern web and security standards.
  • is available free of charge to institutions affiliated to SURF.

Link with SURFconext must first be linked to SURFconext before staff and students within your institution can use it. The SURFconext contact within your institution can arrange this for you.

How does work?

You can create a short URL via After logging in with SURFconext, enter the URL to be shortened and you will receive a short URL. The short links have the form and do not expire. You can use this shortened link or QR code on social media, in presentations, on websites and in printed matter. You can see how many times each link has been clicked on.