FAQ URL Unshortener

Expanding links to give you a clear picture of where the link is ultimately sending you.

What is a Link Unshortener?

Link Unshortner is a tool to show the user the final redirect of any URL. This is especially important if the link you are clicking on is not from a reliable source. Short links are often used for malicious activities to trick the user into trusting a site. Link Unshortener can be used to see the final destination with a description of the site and a screenshot preview.

What is a Link Shortener?

Wikipedia defines a link or URL shortener as:

URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) may be made substantially shorter and still direct to the required page. This is achieved by using a redirect which links to the web page that has a long URL. For example, the URL "https://example.com/assets/category_B/subcategory_C/Foo/" can be shortened to "https://example.com/Foo", and the URL "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_shortening" can be shortened to "https://w.wiki/U". Often the redirect domain name is shorter than the original one. A friendly URL may be desired for messaging technologies that limit the number of characters in a message (for example SMS), for reducing the amount of typing required if the reader is copying a URL from a print source, for making it easier for a person to remember, or for the intention of a permalink. In November 2009, the shortened links of the URL shortening service Bitly were accessed 2.1 billion times.[1] Other uses of URL shortening are to "beautify" a link, track clicks, or disguise the underlying address. Although disguising of the underlying address may be desired for legitimate business or personal reasons, it is open to abuse.[2] Some URL shortening service providers have found themselves on spam blacklists, because of the use of their redirect services by sites trying to bypass those very same blacklists. Some websites prevent short, redirected URLs from being posted.

How many Link Shorteners exist?

There are of link shortener sites that exist or have existed. They often are shut down due to malicious activity or the creator moves on from the project. A new URL shortener that is gaining traction is T.LY. It has a great domain for shortening links and has many advantages over Bitly.

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How to Unshorten a URL?

To unshorten a url, paste or type it into the input box on the homepage. Then press enter to reveal/expand the real destination of the short url.

How does Link Unshortener Protect me?

We include security checks for every short link. These security checks allow you to verify if a redirect link is going to a safe site. Use those security checks before proceeding to the final destination.

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