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A reusable Django app to un-shorten URLs.

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A Django application for un-shortening URLs that have been shortened by URL shorteners like


You need to install the following prerequisites in order to use this app:

pip install Django

If you want to install the latest stable release from PyPi:

$ pip install django-unshorten

If you feel adventurous and want to install the latest commit from GitHub:

$ pip install -e git://

Add unshorten to your INSTALLED_APPS:


Hook this app into your

urlpatterns = [
    url(r'^unshorten/$', include('unshorten.urls')),

You need to set the class that does the rate limiting. For Default set this to:

UNSHORTEN_RATE_LIMIT_CLASS = 'unshorten.rate_limit.SimpleRateLimit'

This will simply limit the daily api calls to the following setting, you must also provide:


Also you need to provide the setting for UNSHORTEN_API_AUTH_CLASS. Default is:

UNSHORTEN_API_AUTH_CLASS = 'unshorten.authentication.SimpleAuthentication'

This provides simple http authentification as well as login authentication.

On your server, if you are using mod_wsgi you need to add this to your httpd.conf:

WSGIPassAuthorization On


After installation a user should be able to call the api using basic http authentication and a query. A requested URL could look like this:

And here’s an example of a request with basic http authentication using curl::

curl --user ""


If you want to contribute to this project, please perform the following steps

# Fork this repository
# Clone your fork
mkvirtualenv django-unshorten
make develop

git co -b feature_branch master
# Implement your feature and tests
git add . && git commit
git push -u origin feature_branch
# Send us a pull request for your feature branch

In order to run the tests, simply execute tox. This will install two new environments (for Django 1.8 and Django 1.9) and run the tests against both environments.

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