Developer

Here we will explain how to use the new API of SymLink URL Shortener 1.0. There were some changes to the API in order facilitate requests from developers.

Registering for an API Key

As before, an API key is required for requests to be processed by the system. Once a user registers, an API key is automatically generated for this user. The API key must attached to request via the api parameter (see full example below). and one you are login, you can view your api key here

Sending a request for shortening a URL

To send a request, the user must use the following format where the variables api and url are required. In the example below, the URL can be requested in the manner of GET request, here is an example of the demo that is used but you should use your own api key with url you want to shortener. To request a custom alias, simply add &custom= at the end.

  GET https://smurl.in/api?api=APIKEY&url=THELONGURLTOBESHORTENED&custom=CUSTOMALIAS

Server response

As before, the response will encoded in JSON format (default). This is done to facilitate cross-language usage. The first element of the response will always tell if an error has occurred (error: 1) or not (error: 0). The second element will change with respect to the first element. If there is an error, the second element will be named “msg”. which contains the source of error, otherwise it will be named “short” which contains the short URL. (See below for an example)

// No errors
{
  "error":0,
  "short":"https:\/\/smurl.in\/Wd0qy"
}
// An error has occurred
{
  "error":1,
  "msg":"Please enter a valid email"
}

Using plain text format

You can now request the response to be in plain text by just adding &format=text at the end of your request. This will return just https://symlink.in/Wd0qy instead of the JSON response. Note that if an error occurs, it will not output anything.

Using the API in PHP

To use the API in your PHP application, you have to send a GET request through file_get_contents or cURL: Both are reliable methods. You can see a sample code below using file_get_contents.

Retrieving URL Data 

  GET https://smurl.in/api?api=APIKEY&short=https://smurl.in/wdYdk

 

That's all for now, if we make any changes, things will be updated here.

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